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ACOs are like the weather.  Everyone is talking about them, no one knows what they will really bring. 

ACO Overview

While the term Accountable Care Organization originated in 2006, ACOs were brought into the spotlight through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) legislation passed in March 2010.  An ACO is a healthcare provider entity/network that includes the full spectrum of care including PCPs, specialists, hospitals, long term care, etc.  The main principle of ACOs is to unify providers and improve coordination of patient care with the goal of improving patient outcomes and decreasing cost of care.  Read the rest of this entry »

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