Hamster Medicine

Originally published 10/27/2010 on The Doctor Weighs In

PAT SALBER

No, I am not blogging on veterinary topics now.  Hamster medicine refers to the current practice of primary care in America.  The term was used today by Elliott Fisher – one of the fathers of the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) movement  – at the big ACO Conference held in LA [10/25-27, 2010].  ACOs, by the way, are the hottest thing in the health care industry to date.  Everyone wants to have one, build one, buy one, consult to one or in some other way be affiliated with one – hopefully for the purpose of making money or growing/preserving your share of the lucrative health care market – and, by the way, perhaps improving care along the way.

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