Newspaper publisher Todd Smith says Vermont's healthcare insurance "accountable care organization" is anything but. It's Vermont's only ACO and it wants 33% more money than last year. Can anyone stop it?
"More money, the group says, will lower health care spending in the long run through expanded preventative care efforts. It wants to claw that dough from Medicare, Medicaid, private insurers and hospitals.
There’s only one enormous problem. Last week VTDigger presented a report from Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer that said One Care isn’t tracking any of the “community-based initiatives it promised to fund.” Without any data, it has no clue if anything it does actually works.
The thrust of One Care’s promise is to promote healthy lifestyles into Vermont communities, thereby lowering health care costs. According to Hoffer’s report, however, it also didn’t do that very well (or at all in many instances)."
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