MedPAC Debates Pros and Cons of Integrated Health Care Delivery Model

May 2009
American Family Physician;5/15/2009, Vol. 79 Issue 10, p840
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the accountable care organization (ACO), a health care delivery model which is expected to foster health care reform in the U.S. ACO is defined by Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) analysts as an integrated system that depends on a network comprising primary care physicians, hospitals and subspecialists to care for a defined patient population. Under the model, care quality is related to payments. The model is mandatory for hospitals and patients accepting Medicare patients.


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