CEO of Kaiser Permanente Discusses Reform Law, ACOs
In an interview with Kaiser Health News, George Halvorson -- chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente -- discussed his expectations about the federal health reform law and the formation of accountable care organizations. Halvorson said that "the version of ACOs that was written into the law for Medicare is complex and the law wasn't as well drafted as it could have been." However, Halvorson added, "When doctors join an ACO, if they do the ACO right, they will figure out what's the very best care for patients, what are the tests, what are the follow-ups, what are the treatments. If they function well as an ACO team, they'll have that information available and the patients will get the right care."
- "Kaiser Permanente CEO Sees Openings for Accountable Care Organizations -- the KHN Interview" (Silberner, Kaiser Health News, 7/25).