For years, the U.S. health care system has been called broken. Health care costs continue to spiral upward, outpacing inflation, and the quality of care has been lacking, even among primary care physicians. Given these issues, health care consumers are struggling to get the care they need at an affordable rate.

To counter this broken system, the Obama administration passed the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, and a portion of that bill focuses on integrating accountable care organizations, which are beginning to garner more attention for how they can possibly change the market.

What are ACOs?

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