No, you don't have to sell. But you should not be surprised to receive purchase offers. Family physicians and other primary care physicians are critical to the success of any ACO.
If you wish to participate in an ACO, you have several alternatives to selling your practice. For instance, many successful ACOs are developed by independent physician associations (IPAs), with members in independent or employed practice. Other ACOs have grown out of pre-existing physician-hospital organizations where the hospital is aligned with independent physician practices.
If you are not interested in selling, but an ACO in your area insists on contracting directly with participating primary care physicians, either of the following might be options:
The imperative of ACOs is to clinically align disparate health care providers to ensure that care is being delivered in the most appropriate setting and at the most appropriate time to ensure optimal clinical outcomes. If you do not want to sell your practice, you should be able to find another way to achieve your goals and the goals of the ACO.
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