AHA: Cost of Creating ACOs Will Vastly Exceed Estimates
Accountable care organizations'Â start-up and first-year expenses will cost six to 14 times more than federal officials originally estimated, according to a recent study by the American Hospital Association. According to AHA's findings, implementing successful ACOs will cost between $11.6 million and $26.1 million, depending on the size of the hospital or hospital system taking part in the organization. In comparison, CMS estimated a cost of $1.8 million in its proposed ACO rule.
- "ACO Start-Up Costs Higher Than Estimated, AHA Study Says" (Daly, Modern Healthcare, 5/14).