How ACOs are trying to improve patients’ health by addressing nonmedical needs

November 10, 2016

Medical Xpress: Health care leaders and policy makers agree that in order to improve health outcomes and lower costs, we have to address patients’ nonmedical needs. A new array of policy initiatives and payment reform models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payment and managed care are creating financial incentives for providers to improve outcomes and lower costs. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley investigated whether such value-based payment models have spurred providers to address patients’ nonmedical needs.

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