Pathology Case Reviews. 17(4):157-159, July/August 2012.
Abstract: The implementation of health care reform includes the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Although the precise forms these entities will ultimately take are not known, the Department of Health and Human Services has recently published final regulations that may help define the ACO construct. As ACOs are implemented, physicians of all specialties will be influenced by these new entities, their new markets, and the financial performance incentives created under these rules. However, questions and concerns remain that will need further elucidation in the future.