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Are ACOs Unaffordable?
Jeff Elliott, for HealthLeaders Media

Startup costs to join an accountable care organization are likely too high for many healthcare providers to overcome in the near term, according to a report written by a group purchasing organization. [Read More]

  March 28, 2011

 
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Finance Headlines
The ACO model: a three-year financial loss?
The New England Journal of Medicine, March 25, 2011
More opt for low-cost coverage
The Boston Globe, March 25, 2011
Budget battle poses threat to community health centers
The Boston Globe, March 24, 2011
Health reform one year later: A monster federal bill
The Hartford Courant, March 23, 2011
For team doctors, a tight spot
The Boston Globe, March 28, 2011
Medicare rise could mean no Social Security increase
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Associated Press, March 28, 2011
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Affected Debt: $160 million
Agency: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
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