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Will ACOs Improve Behavioral Health Care?

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Will accountable care contracts—which reward providers for improving health outcomes and lowering spending—encourage greater attention to behavioral health care? In a new Health Affairs article (Dec. 2015), Commonwealth Fund–supported researcher C. L. Barry of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and colleagues examined whether one such program—the Alternative Quality Contract, launched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts—led to changes in use of behavioral health services.

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