A new article in the New York Times titled, “Small-Picture Approach Flips Medical Economics” addresses accountable care organizations (ACOs).

According to the article “A.C.O.’s, as they are known, are collections of medical providers who band together under one business umbrella. The organization can include primary care doctors, specialists, social workers, pharmacists and nurses. The difference is in how these providers are paid: Instead of an insurance company or the government reimbursing each provider for each service provided to each patient, the A.C.O. is paid simply to care for a group of patients.

“If the organization can reduce the cost of caring for the patients while maintaining their health, it gets to keep and divide up some of the savings — a powerful incentive to do things differently, experts hope. But if the A.C.O. cannot meet quality measures and costs rise, the providers in the organization may well receive lower payments.”

Read the entire article here.