ACOs beyond Medicare

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By Victoria Boyarsky, Howard Kahn, David P. Mirkin, Robert Parke | 22 April 2011
Physicians and hospitals are facing unprecedented pressure from healthcare purchasers to deliver higher-quality, more cost-effective care. This paper discusses how it will be increasingly difficult for individual providers to continue without joining a larger integrated system. For many of these emerging systems, a partnership with a health plan will be much more attractive than becoming an ACO serving Medicare FFS beneficiaries.