Physicians examine new landscape of ACOs

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine

Posted Dec. 19, 2011

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Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.
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Accountable care organizations are being promoted as a way to increase quality by offering potential bonuses to physicians and others for how they manage care. American Medical News has looked into what physicians' roles would be in an ACO, and whether they would be comfortable in such an organization.

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