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Could ACOs Reinforce Disparities Among Patient Populations?
Health Leaders Media

The much-anticipated rules governing accountable care organizations could perpetuate – however inadvertently – a care delivery system that is racially and ethnically unbalanced, according to a commentary in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

The authors, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, point out that this de facto discriminatory system could be created as wealthier hospitals or groups of clinicians engage in “cherry picking” alignment with similarly wealthy organizations to form their ACOs.