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Medical bill Experience with Accountable Care Organizations offers an encouraging lesson for bundled-payment models: Cost savings grow over time as providers learn how to work under the new rules. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Important new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Tuesday showed that a promising experiment aimed at reducing health care costs through changes to the payment system delivered underwhelming early results. But there’s more to the story, and the research is exactly what should be happening as we transition away from fee-for-service payments.


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