Medicare ACO saves money but does not improve quality, data show

08/28/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

Data from the commercial accountable care organization Alternative Quality Contract showed a 3.4% reduction in spending on Medicare patients after two years, Harvard Medical School researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The ACO, set up by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, did not show consistent quality of care improvements, but found savings in outpatient services such as office and emergency department visits, imaging and lab tests, and among patients with five or more chronic conditions.

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