First published 3/24/11 on ACO Watch
Healthcare reform used to imply just regulatory change. As time marches on, it also implies market change. Most pundits agree that, whatever happens to the healthcare reform law, whether or not it is found to be unconstitutional, the healthcare business community is unleashed. Change is afoot!
If you follow my naysaying on the issue, then you know I believe the expectations regarding ACOs are overblown and unrealistic. Martians will not land here en masse, although there may be an occasional stow away on a NASA craft. Put another way, as some others have said, ACOs are like unicorns—magical, mythical beasts that no one has ever seen. I don’t expect many to come prancing around in Florida, at least not South Florida, anytime soon.