AHA estimates ACO setup to be significantly more than CMS estimates

The American Hospital Association released a report that estimates that ACO setup will cost significantly more than was originally estimated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a press release.

The release states that the AHA estimates that  the cost to start up and sustain an Accountable Care Organization will be $11.6 to $26.1 million, rather than the $1.8 million estimated by CMS.  

The AHA has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with these findings.

(Sources: American Hospital Association Press Release, http://www.aha.org, May 13, 2011)