Kaiser Health News FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained

One of the main ways the Affordable Care Act seeks to reduce health care costs is by encouraging doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to form networks to coordinate care better, which could keep costs down.

To do that, the law is trying a carrot-and-stick approach in the Medicare program: Accountable Care Organizations.  ACOs have become one of the most talked about new ideas in Obamacare.  Providers get get paid more if they keep their patients well. About four million Medicare beneficiaries are now in an ACO, and, combined with the private sector, more than 428 hospitals have already signed up. An estimated 14 percent of the U.S. population is now being served by an ACO. You may even be in one and not know it.

Read the full story: KaiserHealthNews.org

 

 

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