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Patient looking and form with doctor The accountable-care organization model rewards physicians and health systems for providing quality care, rather than just quantity. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Finding the most efficient health care delivery system may require a mix of both primary care and specialist care, a new study suggests. The report, published by the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, looked at Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a delivery model created as part of the Affordable Care Act. The authors wanted to better understand the relationship between specialist visits and lower spending among ACOs.

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