Surgeons not very involved in ACOs, study finds

June 8, 2014 2:10 PM

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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care. According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. An ACO that operates well should save money while delivering quality care.

Unfortunately, a new study published in the journal Health Affairs indicates that there is a lack of attention to surgical care in ACOs. Instead, the study found that ACOs emphasized coordinated care for chronic conditions. Surgeons and other specialists play an important role in health care deliver...

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