It’s been a rough week for what is more or less the structural cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s vision for a new healthcare system, the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The first bit of news was the startup costs associated with creating an ACO, which the Department of Health and Human Services originally estimated to be around $1.8 million, are closer to $11-$26 million. The second was the American Medical Group Association, which represents groups providing care to one-in-three Americans, announced that 90% of its members would not participate in such an organization. This is good news for American patients.
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