An accountable care organization model was explored by Dartmouth in an effort to help save Medicare money, but now the university is pulling out after deeming the program "not sustainable." (Photo: iStock)

Dartmouth has traditionally had a reputation as the most conservative of the Ivy League campuses, but the Obama administration put its faith in the New Hampshire university to be a valuable example of the successes of the accountable care organizations.

Dartmouth researchers put together an accountable care organization model aimed at saving Medicare money by shifting reimbursement away from the prevailing fee-for-service model.

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