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April 11, 2012

Accountable Care Organizations and AntitrustRestructuring the Health Care Market

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Health Economics and Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy (Dr Scheffler), and Division of Health Policy and Management (Dr Shortell), School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; and Project HOPE, Lane Millwood, Virginia (Dr Wilensky).

JAMA. 2012;307(14):1493-1494. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.451

On October 20, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rules for accountable care organizations (ACOs), a highly publicized initiative of the Affordable Care Act. Accountable care organizations are part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which is charged with improving quality of care for Medicare patients. The CMS provided incentives for ACOs to deliver high-quality care at reduced rates of spending by providing a more coordinated team approach to health care delivery.

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