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Hospitalizations to decline under ACA; impact on outcomes murky

Oct 15, 2013: The Affordable Care act will reduce the number of Medicare patients being hospitalized, saving the federal government money, a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs concludes. What's uncertain is how lower utilization will affect care quality, say the researchers, who note the "implications for patient care and health outcomes are not yet clear."

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