ACO-Like Group Cut Hospital Stays By Half: Study

Law360, New York (September 5, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT) -- A health care payer-provider collaboration similar to the accountable care organizations now being tested through the Affordable Care Act, launched in Maine in 2008, reduced hospital readmissions by more than half and reduced costs by as much as a third, according to a study released Wednesday.

The report, published in Health Affairs' September issue, looked at the results of an ACO-like setup in Portland, run jointly by an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan and NovaHealth, a physician association staffed by primary care doctors, specialists and nurse practitioners....
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