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Dartmouth Finds Evidence of Savings in Accountable Care Organizations and Cancer Care

Approximately 10 percent of Medicare spending is for cancer care, and Medicare spending is nearly four times higher for beneficiaries with cancer than in those without the disease. Little is known about how to curb spending growth while maintaining or improving quality of care for these high-risk, high-cost patients. Researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice report that savings may be found in accountable care organizations (ACO) through reductions in hospitalizations. The analysis published in the December issue of Healthcare: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation provides the first empirical evidence on how the shared savings ACO model may affect the cost and experience of care for cancer patients.