Accountable Care Organizations (The Wall Street Journal)

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The Wall Street JournalWhat single change to the current health-care reimbursement system could help bring down costs? Dartmouth’s Elliott Fisher was asked this question on The Wall Street Journal’s online forum, The Experts.

Fisher, director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, writes that the United States needs to move away from fee-for-service care. “The remedy is to shift to a payment system that rewards better care, not just more care, and we are seeing the beginnings of that shift now with the creation of accountable-care organizations,” he says.

“Under this approach, physicians and hospitals are encouraged to work together to improve care for the patients they serve and to reduce costs,” says Fisher, the James W. Squire Professor of Medicine and Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

Read the full story, published 7/19/13 by The Wall Street Journal.