Like many people, I’m still trying to make sense of the healthcare bill passed a couple of years ago that will soon come into effect. As one who has had to move around and switch from doctor to doctor, learning about Affordable Care Organizations, or ACOs, to write this piece made me feel that at least some parts of the bill made sense — essentially, ACOs were created in order to improve communication between doctors that treat the same patients and to improve the healthcare delivered to said patients. Whether that will actually happen, of course, remains to be seen.

What PTs need to know about ACOs.

As healthcare providers try to make sense of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the healthcare bill passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court earlier this year, we’re all doing our best to understand the parts of the bill that could most affect us. One element of reform that will affect many providers, including physical therapists, is Accountable Care Organizations, otherwise known as ACOs.

Many therapists may find it difficult to decipher what their role will be in ACOs, because their role is not spelled out in detail in the legislation, or even in the implementation of ACOs that has already occurred. In this post, PTPN President Michael Weinper, PT, DPT, MPH, and Jerry Connolly, PTPN’s lobbyist in Washington, D.C., share their insights on ACOs and what therapists may expect.

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