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Linking insurers, doctors, hospitals could help control health care costs
San Francisco Business Times

Is it finally time to be hopeful about health reform’s prospects for controlling costs and improving quality, or is this the latest health care chimera, destined to join a history of failures and false hopes? Some Bay Area health care experts hope that accountable care organizations or ACOs — a key element of last year’s national health reform, slated to take effect in 2012 — will provide a major tool to help fix a deeply flawed, fragmented and exceedingly expensive national and regional health care system. (Assuming, of course, that reform doesn’t get unravelled at the federal level.)