Surgeons least involved in ACOs

June 7, 2014 11:07 PM

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A new study has found that little attention was paid by Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to surgery in the early years of the Medicare program, adding that the ACOs were more focused on managing chronic conditions and reducing hospital re-admissions.

The study was published this week in the journal Health Affairs. The authors conducted case studies at four ACOs in 2012 and sent a survey to all 59 Medicare ACOs in the first year of the program. They received responses from 30.

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