Physician Compensation: ACO's
While accountable care organizations (ACOs) currently hold a small market share in healthcare, they are gaining ground. Research in the composition of compensation for primary care physicians participating is just beginning to be reported. One study indicates that payment for physicians in an ACO does not differ that much from those outside of ACOs.
Using data from a national survey of physician practices, researchers compared primary care physicians' compensation between practices in ACOs and practices that varied in their financial risk. The practices were divided into three mutually exclusive groups: 1) practices not participating in a Medicare ACO and with no substantial risk for primary care costs (76.1 percent of practices), 2) practices not participating in an ACO but with substantial risk for primary care costs (2.8 percent) and 3) practices participating in an ACO regardless of their risk for primary care costs (21.1 percent).