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Nov. 11, 2016

Changes in Low-Value Services in Year 1 of the Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Program

Region: Americas Scientific publication Strengthening governance and accountability, Coordinating services within and across sectors Source: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Wasteful practices are widespread in the US health care system. It is unclear if payment models intended to improve health care efficiency, such as the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) programs, discourage the provision of low-value services. So the objective in this study is to assess whether the first year of the Medicare Pioneer ACO program was associated with a reduction in use of low-value services.