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Medicare Sees Few Post-Hospital Care Savings From Coordination

Nov. 8, 2019, 7:30 PM

The groups of doctors, hospitals, and other caregivers that provide coordinated care for Medicare patients discharged from hospitals have had a modest impact on reducing program spending for care.

That’s the finding of new research on accountable care organizations, or ACOs, in the Medicare Shared Savings Program presented at the Nov. 8 meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

A 2017 study found that Medicare ACOs slowed spending growth by about 2% in 2014 for acute hospital care—which is provided for severe, short-term health episodes—and for post-acute care provided after patients are discharged from a hospital.

About 40% of hospital...

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