Questions and Answers About ACOs
News organizations field questions and offer answers about accountable care organizations.
Medscape: 15 Tough Questions Doctors Ask About ACOs
Many hospitals, health centers, large physician groups, and insurers are working toward or considering forming ACOs, and physicians are being approached to participate. ... The CMS have implemented demonstration projects that incorporate the ACO concept, and several private payers have fielded their own versions of the idea. ... Medscape spoke to Anders M. Gilberg, senior vice president of Government Affairs, Medical Group Management Association (Guglielmo, 2/16).
California Healthline: Sharp's Pioneering ACO May Raise Bar in San Diego
Sharp HealthCare's selection as the only San Diego-based provider and one of six in California to participate in the federal Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program could raise the bar for health care providers throughout San Diego County. Through ACOs, a central feature of the Affordable Care Act, health care providers receive financial incentives to team up to provide higher-quality and lower-cost care to Medicare beneficiaries (Zamosky, 2/16).
Kaiser Health News: Capsules: An Animated Conversation Over ACOs
Accountable Care Organizations are a continuing source of interest to both health care providers and consumers. We at KHN have called them 'the hottest three-letter word in health care.' Now WBUR's CommonHealth blog has put together a video animation that walks viewers through how ACOs work and what that means for consumers" (Eisenhower, 2/16).