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Survey: 69% Providers Expect Costs to Drive Outpatient Populations

Healthcare legislation and mandates will drive more patients to outpatient settings in 2013 and forced a shift in healthcare costs, according to Healthcare Finance News.

Of 530 hospital executives and practice managers, 69 percent have projected an increase in outpatient volumes from 2012 to 2013. Forty-eight percent named reimbursements cuts as the greatest influence over health systems.

Also, 27 percent do not plan to pursue an ACO and will choose to seek clinical integration through bundled payments, care management fees and pay-for-performance, according to the report.

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