The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Accountable Care Organization Program: New Healthcare Disputes and the Increased Need for ADR Services
By: Stephen E. Ronai
Dispute Resolution Journal
This article, by Stephen E. Ronai, discusses the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) concept enacted by Congress in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as well as its objectives in improving patient care at lower cost, and the incentives it offers to healthcare providers to meet those objectives. It also addresses the implementation of the ACO patient-care performance rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. in addition, it considers the various types of legal issues that could lead to disputes and generate a need for ADR services.