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The growth in numbers of accountable care organizations continued in 2014, although at a slower pace than in previous years. It may be too soon to know whether the slowdown is a blip or a sign of growth about to hit the wall.

Consultant Oliver Wyman studied Department of Health and Human Services data, and added its own research findings, to produce the report on 2014 ACO growth. What it found was that the numbers of Medicare patients covered by ACOs increased from 10 percent in 2013 to 11 percent in 2014. That represented a brake-slam compared to the uptick from 2012 to 2013 — 5 percent to 10 percent.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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