Who needs to be included in an ACO?

"Over the past week or so, it seems the discussion has heated up over who can and should--and has to be--included in the formation of an accountable care organization (ACO)," FiercePracticeManagment editor Deb Beaulieu writes. But, it's important "remember the operative word in the term 'accountable care organization.' At the end of the day, patients will make choices....Regardless of how they're paying, healthcare consumers value clear and empathetic communication with their providers. Though there is limited evidence that quality data is meaningful to patients, they do expect that clinicians, regardless of their title, are competent to avoid administering a potentially lethal dose of apple juice." --Read the full commentary at FiercePracticeManagement

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