Reduced costs from ACO contracts may spread to other patients

08/27/2013 | (free registration) · Reuters

Provider participation in a Massachusetts accountable care organization appeared to reduce health costs for patients who weren't part of the program as well, according to an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association. "The spillover effects suggest those responses (to new incentives) have been very encouraging, and that the provider groups are responding with really structural or fundamental or systemic changes in the ways they're providing care to patients," Harvard researcher Dr. J. Michael McWilliams said.

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