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Systems with ACOs say benefits are strategic, not financial
Modern Healthcare

The Medicare Shared Savings Program is not producing rapid rewards for the systems that are piloting accountable care organizations in the initial wave of the project.

“Becoming an ACO doesn’t improve the bottomline, to say the least,” said Mark Hiller, vice president of innovative solutions at Premier, which has developed an accountable care financial model for systems thinking of introducing the program. In fact, the opposite is true, with ACOs actually having a negative impact on hospital finances.