The And Skewed State Of The U.s. Health Care

1676 WordsNov 12, 20157 Pages
Accountable Care Organizations The patchy and skewed state of the U.S. health care system has become an advocate for payment and delivery system reforms. Traditional fee-for service (FFS) payment structures increase volume rather than quality care, and lead to a provision of medical services across the disjointed provider scenery. Despite several attempts to recover care delivery, health care costs continue to escalate. The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model seeks to reverse the trends by stimulating a synchronized restructure of the payment and delivery systems to attract higher quality, lower cost care. In todays’ healthcare most people with private insurance today get coverage through their employers. Public programs provide health care for millions more. Still other people get whatever insurance or other health care services they can afford on their own. In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America’s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965. It was a signature piece of legislation for President Obama’s first term, and also a ball and chain for his second. The ACA is divided into 10 different titles as follows: ACOs were created by section 2706 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to take part in the Medicare Shared Savings Program created under section 3022. An ACO, which can include primary care physicians, specialists, hospitals or other providers, bears
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