AdvaMed releases ACO recommendations

December 7, 2010 by MassDevice staff

The Advanced Medical Technology Assn. says accountable care organizations should ensure that patients continue to have access to appropriate treatments, even if those treatments are more expensive.

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Accountable care organizations, new payment programs for doctors established by the healthcare reform act, are intended to control the unchecked costs that the fee for service system encourages.

There is a risk, however, that ACOs could keep the best possible care from patients and stifle innovation, according to the Advanced Medical Technology Assn., or AdvaMed, which represents the medical device industry.

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