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Better Patient Care, Lower Hospital Use in Medical Home Practices with Financial Incentives

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Findings from the Commonwealth Fund–supported study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine by Mark Friedberg, M.D., and colleagues at RAND and Harvard, suggest that the opportunity for practices to receive “shared savings” for superior performance might be one key component missing from earlier medical home demonstrations that found little or no impact on quality and cost. The research team analyzed three years of medical claims data from more than 17,000 patients in practices participating in the Pennsylvania Chronic Care Initiative.

In a post to The Commonwealth Fund Blog, study coauthor Eric Schneider, M.D., says that the new research represents “an important step in the progression of this innovation—and one from which delivery system innovators, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, and policymakers can draw lessons.”

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