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What are Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs)?
An ACO brings together a number of providers to take responsibility for the cost and quality of care for a defined population within an agreed budget.
The key feature of an ACO is that there will be a single contract with a single organisation for the majority of health and care services in the area.
The ACO contract holder would be responsible for the provision of services, but may not necessarily deliver all the services itself; it could instead hold sub-contracts with other providers.
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