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Insurers Limit Providers to Drive Down Costs
Memphis Daily News

In a bid to halt rising health care costs, local insurance carriers are pushing lower-cost plans with fewer choices of physicians and hospitals. The tradeoff: In exchange for lower overall health care costs, some Americans may have to switch physicians or end up paying higher out-of-network rates to keep their longtime family doctor.

The trend isn’t new. But it has been accelerated by the Affordable Care Act and the creation of Accountable Care Organizations, a new kind of health care model, says Gary Shorb, president and CEO of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare.