UnitedHealthcare said Wednesday it expects to more than double its accountable care contracts over the next five years, from $20 billion to $50 billion.

The nation's largest health insurance company said the move will help transform how health care is delivered, paid for and rewarded.

Under the ACO model — which brings together groups of hospitals, doctors and other health providers to direct patient care — organizations are paid for caring for a pool of patients rather than for each procedure. Groups receive a percentage of the savings they generate for Medicare as an incentive for keeping costs low.

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