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A New Concept in Health Care
New York Times

It’s one of the hottest concepts to emerge from the discussions about how best to overhaul the nation’s health care system: accountable care organizations. The idea is to encourage groups of doctors or hospitals to work together to oversee medical care so quality improves and costs go down. Having captured the fancy of Washington, the organizations are even a part of the new health care law.

If you’re looking for a straightforward description of what exactly an A.C.O. is — or might be, anyway — you can check out the latest health policy brief from Health Affairs, an academic journal devoted to discussions of this nature.