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Study shows Maryland meets goals of cutting health care costs without achieving changes in care delivery

Study shows Maryland meets goals of cutting health care costs without achieving changes in care delivery

Maryland’s ambitious program to curb health care spending is meeting that main goal but not transforming how patients are treated.

Those are the findings of a study published Tuesday of the state’s hospitals, which operate under a unique federally sanctioned system that U.S. regulators hope will be a national model of cutting costs and improving care.

Under the system, 46 Maryland hospitals shifted from a traditional fee-for-service model to one that encourages facilities to keep people well and out of the hospital. The state capped each hospital’s budget — meaning it cannot generate more revenue than allowed — with the aim of reducing admissions and readmissions and...

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