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Comment and Response
July 17, 2013

Population Health and Accountable Care Organizations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Family Medicine Residency, University of California San Francisco–Natividad Medical Center, Salinas
  • 2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California, San Francisco

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JAMA. 2013;310(3):323-324. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.7927

To the Editor Drs Noble and Casalino1 point out that there is definition creep when the term population health (applied to a population temporarily enrolled in an Accountable Care Organization [ACO]) is extrapolated to the public health concept of population health, which is defined as improving health outcomes in whole populations through health promotion and disease prevention activities.

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