Despite the uncertainty and controversy it has generated, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has sown the seeds for a major reorganization of the U.S. health care delivery system. In almost every region of the country, hospitals and physicians are forming (or talking about forming) accountable care organizations (ACOs) and entering into other arrangements designed to integrate care, manage chronic conditions, and enable evidence-based practices. Critical to the achievement of these ends are the regulations and guidance soon to be issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). One of . . .
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