Want to hear a new bullsh#t term? How about "Physician Alignment"? In an article entitled Physician alignment biggest obstacle to ACOs in the American Medical News, it is explained why one bogus term (ACO or Accountable Care Organization) is being trumped by another bogus term (physician alignment). Huh? Supposedly, "accountable care organizations are confederations of doctors, specialists and hospitals working to coordinate care, administer payments, determine quality and safety benchmarks, and measure performance. All parties would receive shared savings." Kind of rolls of the tongue. Not. Anyway, the article also says that "alignment is often defined as all parties agreeing to shared goals and the means to achieve them." So this is about money and control, eh? Why didn't they just say so? Something tells me I know which group is going to cave in and get screwed.