Kaiser Health News writes two recently published studies suggest that Accountable Care Organizations’ (AC0s) savings and quality improvements increase over time. The research into accountable care organizations — which link hospitals, doctors and other health providers together to provide more coordinated care and lower spending — is published in JAMA Internal Medicine. One study shows that an ACO program set up by the health law saved Medicare money by reducing post-acute care but not hurting quality of care. The other study looks at Medicaid ACOs in Colorado and Oregon and found that despite different approaches, both programs saved money.
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