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Medicare To Overhaul ACOs But Critics Fear Fewer Participants

Accountable care organizations were among the key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act, designed to help control soaring Medicare costs. ACOs were expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It hasn’t come anywhere close. On Thursday, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul to the program, which was designed to encourage doctors and hospitals to work together to coordinate care by reducing unnecessary tests, procedures and hospitalizations. The move could dramatically scale back the number of participating health providers. Administration officials say ACOs have led to higher Medicare spending. The announcement was...

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