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Accountable care organizations should target specific patient populations, analysts say
Modern Healthcare

Accountable care organizations need to target specific patient populations, and policymakers should periodically re-evaluate the promise of the ACO model to help avoid the failures of earlier integrated delivery networks, according to a new opinion piece published in the journal Health Affairs.

In their analysis, Lawton Burns, chairman of the healthcare management department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and Wharton professor Mark Pauly note that healthcare providers in the 1990s developed networks—such as the Piedmont Health Alliance and Spectra Health System—that connected hospitals, physicians and alternate care sites in a way that is similar to how ACOs are designed today.