ACOs, like other such programs, may prove to be short-lived
Regarding the recent article “More Medicare Pioneer ACOs head for the hills” (Modern Healthcare, Sept. 29, p. 10), no doubt the ACO trend is cycling, similar to integrated delivery systems, physician-hospital organizations and other strategies that health systems have used to grow their markets when responding to government and private payers’ attempts to rein in costs. In forcing providers to look at quality and costs, the result is increased competition for market share, which stimulates industry growth. While spending increases, unit prices decline and care improves. This is a good thing.
Conrad Vernon Heart & Vascular Consultants Burnet, Texas