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GOP lawmakers see ACOs speeding consolidation
Modern Healthcare

After months of healthcare provider criticism over the proposed design of accountable care organizations, Republicans piled on today with charges that such groups will accelerate provider consolidation trends. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), chairman of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, said at a hearing on provider consolidation that the 2010 federal healthcare law’s ACOs will allow participating providers to command higher private insurance rates regardless of their success at improving quality and lowering costs for Medicare.