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March 14, 2012 | By 

Could health reform, and more specifically, accountable care organizations be slowing down healthcare spending? That’s the hope, and for some, evidenced by recent data, Think Progress noted.

The Congressional Budget Office made a major revision to its 10-year Medicare spending projection by decreasing estimates by $69 billion, Paul Ginsburg and Chapin White at the Center for Studying Health System Change, in Washington, D.C., wrote in the New England of Journal of Medicine last week. “[W]e do not believe that the recent slowdown in Medicare spending growth is a fluke,” they wrote. “There has been a long-term trend toward tighter Medicare payment policy, and policy changes that began in the middle of the 2000s have continued that tightening.”

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