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Reform Update: Medicare managed care linked to overall savings, study finds
Modern Healthcare

Hospital visits are shorter and less costly for all patients in markets with more of them enrolled in Medicare managed care, according to new research. The results suggest hospitals make far-reaching changes to delivery as incentives to better manage care increase.

Incentives to coordinate care prompt investments, such as information technology, and widespread adoption of new delivery models that ultimately benefit all patients, regardless of insurance, a trio of Harvard University researchers wrote in a paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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