Accountable Care Organizations Driving New Business

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Accountable care organizations are emerging as the hottest new entity to be created by the health care reform law, inspiring practitioners to seek structures that will give them favorable tax treatment or allow them to claim tax-exempt status. “It's a consultant's windfall,” Doug Mancino, with McDermott Will & Emery in Los Angeles, tells BNA, adding that practitioners from one end of the country to the other are scrambling to get an ACO up and running before Jan. 1, 2012, when the Medicare Shared Savings Program kicks in. There is just one problem, attorneys and consultants told BNA in recent weeks: No one knows exactly what an ACO looks like.