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Medical home initiative reduces costs
Modern Healthcare

One of the insurance industry’s medical home experiments has slowed costs and significantly lifted quality scores in its second year of operation, raising hopes for pilot programs initiated under the 2010 healthcare reform legislation.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of Owings Mill, Md., announced Friday that its medical home trial covering 3,600 doctors and nurses had reduced costs by 2.7% last year compared to projections. The savings amounted to $98 million for the estimated 1 million privately insured patients in the 279 medical groups or panels participating in the program.