Seek­ing a sim­ple mes­sage

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “Medi­care ACO par­tic­i­pants hit fire­wall,” Mod­ern­health­, June 7: While I un­der­stand the mag­ni­tude of loom­ing re­source and cash short­fall is­sues, and the need for a re­align­ment of in­cen­tives, I am con­cerned the in­dus­try has come out of the blocks a lit­tle too quickly with re­spect to this pro­gram.

I am not con­vinced that our tech­ni­cal in­fra­struc­ture or our abil­ity to de­liver to Medi­care re­cip­i­ents is up to the pace that we have set. Cer­tainly the cur­rent re­form morass is in some part due to our in­abil­ity to for­mu­late a sim­ple, co­gent mes­sage so that we can bet­ter man­age ex­pec­ta­tions. I am con­cerned that we

will re­peat this er­ror with this pro­gram as well. David Con­tento Ridgewood, N.J.

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