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Accountable Care Organizations

Hospital Consolidation leads to Higher Prices

Hospital consolidation occurs in some regions to form strong alliances with which to negotiate better payments from insurers. The ideal of consolidation leading to streamlined care and improved [...]

August 6, 2012 // 0 Comments

A Policy Prescription for 2012

Two years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, opponents and proponents are destined to collide in the Supreme Court. The controversy surrounding health reform, if not decisively [...]

January 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

Scrambling to rescue ACO’s

Health care systems such as the Mayo and Cleveland clinics  – which are organized the way policy makers envision accountable care organizations – initially balked at the rules proposed [...]

December 12, 2011 // 1 Comment

Coordinated Care: Show me the money!

Policy makers are scrambling to find ways to reduce the cost of health care. One mechanism, converting a fee-for-service system to a prospective payment system, faces uphill battles at home and [...]

April 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

Implementing ACO’s

One strategy for implementing Accountable Care Organizations is detailed in the case study of Advocate Physician Partners. This case report describes Advocate Physician Partners (APP) in Illinois, a [...]

February 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

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