ACOs Already in Place Gain Momentum

Uncertainty did not stop health systems from racing ahead with accountable care as the U.S. Supreme Court debated the healthcare reform law that launched Medicare's efforts to encourage the emerging model.

Now that the law survived largely intact, the industry's accountable care experimentation will give efforts structure and momentum, executives said.

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“We are pleased that the Supreme Court has released their decision because now we know the context in which we move forward,” Chuck Mooty, interim CEO for Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, said in a statement.