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First National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations

In the new issue of Health Affairs, Carrie H. Colla of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and colleagues report findings from a survey of accountable care organizations (ACOs) across the nation—the first of its kind. According to the Commonwealth Fund–supported survey, just over half of ACOs are physician-led, while another third are jointly led by physicians and hospitals. While physician-led ACOs may face challenges in managing care across settings, their greater focus on outpatient care compared with hospital-led ACOs may allow them to achieve sharper reductions in the use of costly inpatient or postacute care.

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