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Survey: Massachusetts Physicians More Open to ACOs

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Massachusetts physicians are beginning to find alternative payment models more attractive, as a new survey revealed an increase in respondents likely to participate in voluntary global payments and accountable care organizations compared to last year.

Here are some of the main findings on ACOs and global payments from the Massachusetts Medical Society Physician Workforce Study, comparing 2011 responses with those from 2012.

ACOs

• Approximately 74 percent of physicians are familiar with ACOs. Roughly 60 percent are likely to participate in a voluntary ACO.

• In 2011, 58 percent of physicians were familiar with ACOs, and roughly 29 percent were likely to participate.

• Primary care physicians were most familiar with the model (79 percent). About 72 percent of pediatricians and 65 percent of specialists were familiar with ACOs. In 2011, these survey findings were 63 percent, 46 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

Global payments

• Roughly 65 percent of physicians were familiar or very familiar with global payments, and 49 percent were likely to participate in a voluntary global payment arrangement.

• In 2011, 57 percent of physicians said they were familiar with global payments, and 42 percent indicated they were likely to participate in a global payment system.

• About 43 percent of independent physicians said they would participate in a global payment system compared with 62 percent of employed physicians. In 2011, these survey findings were 30 and 55 percent, respectively.

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