Sharp HealthCare President and CEO Mike Murphy says the Sharp ACO will serve about 32,000 Medicare beneficiaries locally. Accountable care organizations are generally defined as groups of providers that coordinate care for the patients they serve.

Sharp HealthCare President and CEO Mike Murphy says the Sharp ACO will serve about 32,000 Medicare beneficiaries locally. Accountable care organizations are generally defined as groups of providers that coordinate care for the patients they serve. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

One of the most-discussed provisions of the federal health care reform law is going into effect, turning the concept of an accountable care organization into a business reality for at least one major health system in San Diego...

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