Can coordination of health care save 30 % of costs ?

An article in the New York Times (May 23, 2012) describes an effort by UCLA’s Health System to save 30% of costs by coordinating the hospital, patient, doctors and health insurers. These reductions will come from decreasing the number of X-rays per patient per day from 10 down to two, discouraging unnecessary blood transfusions (given the $ 400 cost per unit of blood), eliminating fried foods and encouraging wellness etc. Given the current $ 2.7 trillion cost of health care, can coordination of efforts and encouraging “accountable care organizations” enable realization of expected savings ? Will patient followup and after care responsibility have to be assumed by the accountable hospital to ensure compliance to medicine ? How will the system be incented to deliver on these expected savings ?

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