The Mayo Clinic is technically one. So are Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System, California-based Kaiser Permanente, and the Cleveland Clinic. Beyond the handful of long-established and well-integrated sites being labeled as de facto accountable care organizations (ACOs), advocates are seizing the moment and pushing for a bold vision of what role ACOs will play in the movement to reform the healthcare payment system across the country. In at least two major pilot projects in the works, hospitalists are expected to be front and center in leading the transition.
The Hospitalist, by Bryn Nelson, PhD, 12/3/09