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ACO Hurdles, Risks, Could Dampen Provider Enthusiasm
Health Leaders Media

Under proposed rules set down by the federal government for accountable care organizations, providers won’t know who their patients are until they’re through the first year of the new care delivery model. In addition, those anonymous ACO patients may seek healthcare anywhere they want. If they run up a healthcare bill somewhere else, their ACO is still responsible for the cost.

And those downside risks could be considerable when ACOs enter the “two-sided model” in their third year of operations.