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Medical spending, utilization the same for cancer patients in ACOs

from RevCycle Intelligence

Cancer patients treated by providers in a Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) did not see lower medical spending or healthcare utilization compared to similar patients treated at non-ACO practices, a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed. “Although it may be too early to see an impact of ACOs on patients with cancer, it is also possible that ACOs may need to explicitly focus on patients with cancer to improve their care and reduce unnecessary spending,” wrote lead author Miranda B. Lam, MD, MBA, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues. more

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