Critics blast ACOs as 'HMOs in drag;' Tenet, Sacred Heart get millions from Humana settlement;

> With watered down quality-of-care metrics, accountable care organizations are simply "HMOs in drag," according to to critics of the new delivery model, reported the Des Moines Register. Article

> The American Hospital Association yesterday urged the House Ways and Means Committee to withdraw Part V of Schedule H in a statement that included its recent letter asking the Internal Revenue Service. Statement (.pdf)

> Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare and Florida-based Sacred Heart System are among the hospitals and health systems receiving the $45 million from a settlement with Humana, according to information Humana filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The payout comes from a lawsuit filed in 2007 against Humana's military healthcare business. SEC data

> Illinois is proposing $1.4 billion in Medicaid cuts, including $240 million in payment rate cuts to hospitals and nursing homes, reported the Chicago Sun Times. Article

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