by Tom aka Rusty Rustbelt
Health Care: The New, New Thing Hits a Snag
The feds are starting to push “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) as a means of improving care while bending the cost curve, and providers appear eager to join the movement.
Problem is, it appears ACO participants could violate general antitrust laws and the Stark health care transaction laws.
Secretary Berwick (DHHS) is promising changes so ACOs can move forward. Congress currently is occupied elsewhere.
(Dan here…now if only we could get Rusty to say this in English with some context.)