From CommonHealth in Boston comes this nifty and amusing five minute cartoon that explains the Accountable Care Organization — at least from the patient perspective. How is an ACO different from an HMO? And what does it mean for your health?  (If you’re not familiar with xtranormal, get ready for computer generated voices.)

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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