Arranged Marriages: The Evolution of ACO Partnerships in California

Sep 18, 2013
  • Description

In response to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), hospitals, physicians, and other providers across the country are collaborating with public and private payers on new delivery system and payment reforms intended to slow health care spending growth and to improve quality of care. Among these, Medicare initiatives to develop accountable care organizations (ACOs) - groups of providers that take responsibility for the cost and quality of care of a defined patient population - have spurred interest in similar, commercial ACO contracting arrangements.