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Saturday, May 14, 2011

A Prescription for ACOs: Watch this Video and Call Me in the Morning

This week at the SMI Forum ( work continued on the relationship between the healthcare supply chain and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), just as the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) submitted comments to CMS that the majority of its members would not participate under the proposed rules that they said were "overly prescriptive, operationally burdensome, and the incentives are too difficult to achieve to make this voluntary program attractive."

The news is certainly of major concern, as proponents of the healthcare reform bill have pinned much of their hopes on increasing quality and lowering the cost of healthcare on new delivery models such as ACOs. Further, many members of the AMGA are those considered best prepared to create the new models.

But a new video on YouTube does give us some pause to smile at the situation, at least for a moment. I encourage you to check out “In Search of Accountable Care Organizations.” It’s quite funny, albeit a bit true. So, take break, a deep breath, and laugh a little (I’ve heard that’s good for your health). Then, we can all get back to the serious business of fixing healthcare.

I'd be curious what do you think of the video ...or the latest news on ACOs.

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Karen Conway

Vice President, Healthcare Value