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Study: More Collaboration Aids Health Care For At-Risk Populations
Kaiser Health News

By teaming with community organizations, doctors and hospitals can deliver high-quality care at good value to disadvantaged people at risk for poor health, according to a new report from a panel of experts.

The report released Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine was produced to aid Medicare officials studying how to fairly pay hospitals that disproportionately serve patients with social risk factors for health problems. Those factors include low income, social isolation, disadvantaged neighborhoods and limited health literacy. The report is the second of five commissioned for the Department of Health and Human Services.

Federal officials have announced the plan to move Medicare from a system in which doctors and hospitals are paid based on the volume of services they provide. The goal is a value-based payment system to encourage a better quality of care, better health outcomes and control costs.

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