ACOs: A Work in Progress

MIKE SEGAL and HEATHER SIEGEL MILLER

On March 23, 2010, after a year of tumultuous debate, the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (“ACA”) was signed into law by President Obama. (1)  ACA is the most significant legislation regarding healthcare since the passage of the Social Security Act of 1965, which established Medicare.   For hospitals and physicians, ACA contains provisions designed to materially change the manner in which healthcare is delivered to Medicare and Medicaid patients and the way healthcare providers are compensated for such services.

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