Health law implementation proceeds -- with fits and starts

Published on November 27, 2012 at 5:02 AM · No Comments

Politico Pro: Report: ACOs Already Cover 10 Percent Of The Country
An estimated 25 million to 31 million people are treated by organizations already participating in ACOs of some kind, according to a report to be released Monday by the management consulting group Oliver Wyman. By no means are they all receiving truly "accountable care" yet, authors Richard Weil and Niyum Gandhi write, but the rapid growth of ACOs suggests that success in some of the experiments could spread relatively quickly to change the way health care is delivered and paid for in the country. They don't have high expectations for broad savings immediately (Norman, 11/26).

And, the health law is expected to exacerbate a physician shortage -

The Dallas Morning News: Thinly Spread Primary-Care Doctors Face Surge Of Patients From Health Law
Angie Wang arrived at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas after two years of working in a New York laboratory trying to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease ... By selecting family practice, Wang will join an inadequate number of primary-care doctors, the kind who are supposed to care for the millions of newly insured Americans flowing into the U.S. health care system in 2014. Their ranks include family practitioners, pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists and general internists (Jacobson, 11/24).

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.orgThis article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.


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