Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pharmacists should get in on ground floor of ACOs

ACOs need flexible models, payment approaches, and a learning system, Health Affairs paper recommends.

Under the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations (ACOs) will be tested starting in January, and now is the time for pharmacists to be figuring out how they will be involved at the local level, a former CMS official said. "Pharmacists can and should be a part of this," S. Lawrence Kocot, MPA, JD, LLM, Deputy Director of the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, and Senior Counsel at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal, said when he addressed APhA’s Academy Leadership Meeting in April.


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