In a land of crazy costs, these docs say hold us accountablein DoctorsACO
BOYNTON BEACH —
Horror stories of medical costs gone wild abound in South Florida, such as a $40,000 list of charges for a two-day hospital stay to check out a Boynton Beach man’s muscle bruise. His wife called that “ridiculous.”
But 29 groups of doctors across the country have received bonuses for lowering costs to taxpayers while keeping patients happy — and two based in Palm Beach County accounted for one in eight dollars nationally in savings shared with Medicare.
Palm Beach Accountable Care Organization in Palm Springs and Accountable Care Options in Boynton Beach say they saved taxpayers more than $30 million combined last year. They split the savings with Medicare, reaping more than $15 million of the $126 million in bonuses issued nationally under an Affordable Care Act program.