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March 20, 2013

Can Accountable Care Organizations Improve Population Health?Should They Try?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York.

JAMA. 2013;309(11):1119-1120. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.592

The number of accountable care organizations (ACOs) increased rapidly during 2012. There are now more than 250. This increase is likely to accelerate: commercial health insurers are signing ACO-like contracts with health care organizations, and the return of President Obama to the White House, as well as the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have removed uncertainty about the Medicare ACO program. The goals for ACOs are well known: to control health care costs, to drive quality in health care, and to improve population health.

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