Survey Finds Few Physicians Optimistic About ACOs

Few physicians believe accountable care organizations will improve healthcare quality and reduce cost, according to a recent survey commissioned by The Physicians Foundation and conducted by Merritt Hawkins.

Less than 10 percent of physicians believe that ACOs are likely to enhance the quality and decrease the cost of the care they provide, and 21.8 percent of physicians believe that the cost and quality gains will not be worth the cost and effort it takes to form an ACO.

The survey received responses from more than 13,500 physicians from across the nation.

Below is a breakout of how various demographic groups among the physician population responded to the question regarding ACO quality and costs.

Physicians who agree ACOs are likely to enhance quality and decrease costs

Physicians aged 40 or younger: 10 percent
Physicians older than 40: 8.9 percent
Male: 8.6 percent
Female: 10.4 percent
Hospital-employed: 12.9 percent
Physicians who own their practice: 5 percent
Primary care physicians: 12.3 percent
Specialists: 7.1 percent

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