Former HHS Official Says ACOs Are a Joke

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Tevi Troy, former deputy secretary of HHS under George W. Bush, recently criticized the accountable care organization model through a series of jokes in an April 12 Weekly Standard report.

Mr. Troy criticized different elements of the ACO initiative through four "jokes" about ACOs. His first criticism was that ACOs have not been clearly defined, despite the rules that were recently released. His second remark centers on the comparison of ACOs to HMOs; he said ACOs are not new, but instead an expanded version of HMOs. In his third joke he suggested the government's approach to healthcare reform is ineffective. At a panel he previously spoke on, he likened the approach to throwing spaghetti against a wall. Mr. Troy's fourth comment was that ACOs benefit consultants more than patients.

Read the Weekly Standard report on ACOs by former HHS official Tevi Troy.

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