Antitrust Review of Accountable Care Organizations: An Assessment of FTC and DOJ’s Relaxed Approach to Regulating Physician-Hospital Networks

BY Andrew A. Kasper

Commentators have long identified poor coordination between health care providers, particularly physicians and hospitals, as a key contributor to the continuing cost and quality problems plaguing the United States health care delivery system. This lack of coordination undermines continuity of care, leading to medical error and unnecessary or duplicative services. There are a number of factors that contribute to this coordination failure—the fragmentation of providers, diverging economic incentives facing different provider groups, and the technological, structural and legal barriers to sharing patient information between providers to name only a few.

 

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