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Christopher R Smith

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Accountable Care Organizations: The Clash Of Liability Standards With Cost Cutting Goals”, Christopher R. Smith Dec 2010

Accountable Care Organizations: The Clash Of Liability Standards With Cost Cutting Goals”, Christopher R. Smith

Christopher R Smith

This article seeks to examine the conflict between non-cost conscious medical malpractice liability standards and health care cost cutting measures within the context of Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) under the new health care reform law. The article begins by providing an overview of the high level of health care spending within the United States health care system in order to provide a context for better understanding policymakers’ push for cost cutting measures, including ACOs. The article then examines the tension between cost containment efforts and provider medical liability standards through an examination of the “stuck in the middle” mentality that ...