ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained
January 13, 2011 | Source: Kaiser Health News | Author: Jenny Gold
Accountable care organizations take up only seven pages of the massive new health law yet have become one of the most talked about provisions. This latest model for delivering services offers doctors and hospitals financial incentives to provide good quality care to Medicare beneficiaries while keeping down costs. A cottage industry of consultants has sprung up to help even ordinary hospitals become the first ACOs on the block. Yet the concept is still short on details.