Dermatologists may struggle to find niche in ACOs

07/5/2011 | Modern Medicine

Where dermatologists will fit in accountable care organizations has yet to be determined, writes Dr. Ronald G. Wheeland, chief of dermatologic surgery at the University of Missouri. "One of the greatest concerns is that many small medical practices, which characterize most private dermatology practices, may find difficulty in banding together with larger primary care practices or hospitals to form an ACO," Wheeland writes. Dermatologists who are not already participating in larger or hospital-run practices may find startup costs prohibitively high, he adds.

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