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Calif. Partnership Says it Has Achieved Goals of Federal ACO Efforts
California Healthline

A private-sector partnership between California health care organizations says it already has achieved the care coordination and cost-reduction goals that federal officials are pursuing as they encourage health care providers to form accountable care organizations, The Hill reports. Background on ACOs Earlier this year, federal officials unveiled proposed rules governing the creation of ACOs under the federal health reform law (Pecquet, The Hill, 6/26). ACOs aim to lower costs and improve care by fostering cooperation between physicians, hospitals and other health care providers. The overhaul requires federal health programs to begin contracting with ACOs starting in January 2012 (California Healthline, 4/13).