Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What reform means to an Indiana town and ACOs will contribute

Q: What other problems do you think the new law will potentially solve?

White: If we think about it long and hard, we probably could see some advantages in increasing quality, having more providers working together for the good of patient care. There is a model out there called an Accountable Care Organization that has the potential of rewarding (health care) providers for delivering very, very good care in the most efficient way. That doesn't mean cheap — it means efficiency. Now, the Department of Justice and everybody else has to weigh in on this, but you will hear more about an Accountable Care Organization, an ACO. ... So if we can align the quality incentives and the financial incentives, I see some opportunities. It's going to be a lot of work.


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