ACO-Style Care Has Major Effects on Hospital Inpatient Use

According to a new study published in Health Affairs, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are already having major effects on hospital inpatient use. Researchers analyzed the effects of new healthcare models including value-based reimbursements on healthcare provision between 2010 and 2012. In their study, researchers analyzed 71 hospitals in Illinois and the greater Chicago area, covering seven counties and 8.5 million people. Inpatient an outpatient data showed that in 2010, 71 hospitals discharged 1.02 million inpatients but by 2012, the number dropped to 970,000. Researchers concluded that ACO-style care fared much better than traditional fee-for-service models in driving down avoidable admissions and shortening lengths of stay.

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