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Experiments With Coordinating Medical Care Deliver Mixed Results
National Public Radio

Medical homes are a simple, compelling idea: Give primary-care doctors resources to reduce preventable medical crises for diabetics, asthmatics and others with chronic illness, and it will reduce hospital visits, improve lives and save money.

But it’s not so easy in practice.

Two big experiments run by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation have delivered mixed early results in enhancing primary care, two studies find.  The programs reduced expensive hospital visits in some cases, but struggled to show net savings after accounting for their cost.

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