Federal Trade Commission engaged in ACO set up

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz has pledged an “expedited review process" for hospitals and doctors looking to determine if new ACO partnerships they form will violate antitrust laws.

Health care providers want to make sure their ACOs won’t be accused of briefing antitrust laws or fixing prices when they contract with insurance companies. 

(Sources: Kaiser Health News, http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org, October 5, 2010; The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, October 6, 2010)