Doc-Led ACOs Better Model for Saving $$$

WASHINGTON -- Physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) could have more opportunities to create savings in patient care with a little help from health insurers, a leading health reform expert said Wednesday.

Doctor-centric ACOs can do a better job at controlling costs than hospital-led organizations, Paul Ginsburg, PhD, president of the Center for Studying Health System Change here, said at an ACO summit hosted by America's Health Insurance Plans.

Entrepreneurial insurance companies can offer loans to provider groups to expand or re-engineer to become ACOs through Medicare or commercial payers, Ginsburg said. Others can create innovative programs that have physicians take additional risk to improve outcomes and lower costs for patients.

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