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AJMC Study Finds Removing Cost Sharing in Primary Care Reduces Cost, Emergency Visits

Accompanying editorial calls for further refinements in value-based insurance design to reduce unintended use of low-value care, reports the latest issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®.

May 14, 2019 10:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time

CRANBURY, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When a large national employer removed cost sharing for primary care visits, medical utilization fell, as did monthly costs, driven mostly by reduced emergency department (ED) visits. The findings on this value-based insurance design (VBID) model, coming as the nation grapples with rising healthcare spending, putting pressure on payers, employers, and consumers, are reported in the May issue of The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC®)... read more.