The Case for Enrolling High-Cost Patients in an ACO

Abraham Graber, Shane Carter, Asha Bhandary, Matthew Rizzo

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Though accountable care organizations (ACOs) are increasingly important to American healthcare, ethical inquiry into ACOs remains in its nascent stages. Several articles have raised the concern that ACOs have an incentive to avoid enrolling high-cost patients and, thereby, have an incentive to deny care to those who need it the most. This concern is borne out by the reports of consultants working with newly formed ACOs. This paper argues that, contra initial appearances, there is no financial incentive for ACOs to avoid enrolling high-cost patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-365
Number of pages7
JournalHEC Forum
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • Accountable care organizations
  • Bioethics
  • Healthcare expenditures
  • High-cost patients
  • Medical ethics
  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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