“Anyone who claims to be an accountable care organization expert is just blowing smoke,” Gary Austin, president, TranzformHealth, in opening the ACO symposium., explained how the model is too new for anyone to claim expertise.

“We are headed for the health care bubble,” Joe Damore, vice president, engagement and delivery, Premier, explaining at the ACO Symposium how runaway costs will necessitate dramatic spikes in tax rates if spending is not curtailed. If nothing changes, the current 25 percent tax bracket will become 66 percent by 2050 to fund federal spending for health care, he said.

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