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Hospitals Ask Officials For Easier ACO Bonuses

Modern Healthcare:  Give ACOs A Break, AHA Tells CMS Innovation Center
The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative (Evans, 4/18).

In the meantime, walk-in clinics aren't just benefitting the companies that own them --

The Wall Street Journal: Walk-In Urgent-Care Companies Are Providing Relief to Retail Landlords
People with relatively minor health problems -- say, the flu or a deep cut -- aren't the only ones getting relief from growing walk-in "urgent care" companies such as CityMD and PM Pediatrics. These companies also are providing a little tonic to retail landlords. ... Demand from urgent-care businesses is increasing at a time that the city's retail sector is outperforming the national market (Li, 4/20). 

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