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[IP] Hospitals Threaten Obamacare Savings by Exiting Program



Hospitals Threaten Obamacare Savings by Exiting Program

Almost a third of 32 hospitals and health systems involved in an experiment
aimed at changing the way medical providers are paid may exit the program, a
potential threat to the Affordable Care Act's ambitious cost-saving goals. 

Medicare's "
df> Pioneer" program is designed to save money by more efficiently managing
care for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and dementia. The
providers agreed to a three-year plan to forgo traditional fee-for-service
payments, where hospitals charge for every procedure, and instead get a
fixed monthly stipend for individual patients. 

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