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Recent Conferences

October 14, 2010

Accountable Care Organizations: Implications for Consumers

Co-Sponsored by the Aetna Foundation and America's Health Insurance Plans

The movement towards ACOs will create many changes for health care consumers. A core issue will be striking an appropriate balance between the broad level of choice that consumers have come to expect with the mandate for ACOs to coordinate care and manage expenditures within delivery networks. This meeting explores potential changes in insurance benefit and network design to align consumer incentives with accountable care, and strategies for hospitals, physicians, and employers to more effectively engage patients in decision making and improve their own health. The forum included a keynote address by CMS Administrator Donald Berwick on the role of ACOs in improving the value of health care services for Medicare beneficiaries.

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