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Four of five Mass. pioneer ACOs cut medical spending last year by better coordinating care

In the first year of an experimental program to refashion Medicare, four of five Massachusetts networks of hospitals and physicians were able to slow spending by better coordinating medical care for patients.

The closely watched program, a key element of the Affordable Care Act, changes how providers are paid, putting them on a budget to treat a group of patients, rather than paying them for each individual service. Five of the 32 organizations nationwide that signed up to pioneer the program are from Eastern Massachusetts. They have about 150,000 Medicare recipients in the program.

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