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Legislation paves way for accountable care organizations in N.J.

August 29, 2011

Health care providers in Camden, Trenton and Newark are expected to launch Medicaid accountable care organizations, or ACOs, early in 2012, following the adoption of legislation that paves the way for these urban health care pilot programs to share in the Medicaid cost savings expected to result from innovative health care delivery models.

Attorney Elizabeth Litten, of Fox Rothschild, worked pro bono to help draft the legislation, signed Friday by Gov. Chris Christie.

“The idea is to get the engagement of everyone at the table” — a diverse collaboration of health care providers, including hospitals, clinics, behavioral health, social workers and homeless advocates “to figure out ways to improve care and save money,” Litten said.

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