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Government sets final rules on care organizations
San Francisco Chronicle

The federal government has laid out final rules for a new program that aims to improve patient care by getting doctors, hospitals and other care providers to work together more.

Care providers will be able to start forming accountable care organizations in 2012 to coordinate care, share records, and cut down on duplicative tests and medical errors. Providers will have to make a three-year commitment to care for a group of at least 5,000 Medicare patients if they form ACOs.