Accountable care helps hospitals improve quality, lower costs

04/24/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Accountable care, which provides financial incentives for health care providers to lower care costs and improve quality, is slowly gaining ground under the Affordable Care Act, with about 4 million Medicare enrollees covered by 428 accountable care organizations nationwide. Advocate Health Care, a pioneer in accountable care in Oak Brook, Ill., has decreased the number of hospital admissions by 6% and lowered the average length of stay using coordinated care, quality control measures and performance report cards.

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