David Muhlestein of Leavitt Partners predicts that the number of patients enrolled in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) will rise from 23.5 million today to 72 million in 2020.
What is an ACO? I am becoming less sure that it is a meaningful term. I mean, really, are you in favor of unaccountable care?
The term appears to have originated in the federal government, which encouraged providers to create ACOs to improve the quality of care and move away from the Fee-For-Service (FFS) model under which Medicare has traditionally operated. However, the term is now being used in the commercial and Medicaid market.
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