The skepticism of ACOs expressed in the study is clearly shared by many physicians, as demonstrated by a separate survey of ACO participants that was also published in Health Affairs. (Photo: iStock)

A new study published in Health Affairs argues much of the analysis of accountable care organizations has neglected a crucial question: Who are the doctors participating in them?

Focusing on one ACO in the Medicare Pioneer program, a team of academic researchers discovered a high rate of turnover, a trend they argued likely undermined the intended effect of the coordinated care model.

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