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5 changes to make Medicare ACO’s succeed

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This HealthAffairs blog discusses five changes needed if Medicare ACO’s are to achieve their potential:


As the three authors ”have learned through six years of experience with our ACO Learning Network, the process of becoming and implementing an ACO is often cumbersome and uncertain.”

The demands vary from ACO to ACO but all of them need to:

Create Greater Certainty For Program Participants.

Establish an Achievable Transition Path Away From Fee-for-Service Payment.


Engage Patients.

Align MSSP With Other Medicare Payment Programs.

Take Lessons From Commercial ACO’s.


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