There is still much we do not know about the effect of health reform, but one thing that seems certain is that some form of accountable care is coming.
What is an Accountable Care Organization?
Here is the shortest version:
Payers, employers, the government will assign patients to health care organizations and make them accountable for the health and wellness of that population.
So right now we get paid by episodes of care. We drive high-contribution services and DRG’s into the hospital.