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March 24, 2014 - As part of the federal Financial Alignment Initiative, states have the opportunity to test care models for dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, with the goals of enhancing access to services, improving care quality, containing costs, and reducing administrative barriers.
February 10, 2014 - Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers compared patients' experiences in a primary care clinic that implemented the PCMH model, along with lean process changes (which seek to maximize value and reduce waste) and a new approach to physician reimbursement, with patients' experiences in a similar clinic that did not make such changes.
February 5, 2014 - Results from a new Commonwealth Fund–supported study in Health Affairs led by Harvard Medical School's David C. Grabowski confirm that telemedicine can be a cost-effective alternative to a trip to the hospital.
January 31, 2014 - More than 55 percent of the U.S. population now lives in a local area with an accountable care organization (ACO), in which a group of providers is held accountable by a payer for the total cost and quality of care for a defined set of patients. The spread of ACOs, however, by no means ensures their success. Significant questions remain about whether the goals of the model—better care at lower costs—will be achieved.
From: Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on Congressional Priorities
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From: Starting on the Path to a High Performance Health System: Analysis of Health System Provisions of the Affordable Care Act of 2010
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