'Leap of faith’: New health payment system expected to touch 122,000 Vermonters

Burlington Free Press: COLCHESTER - There's a long-awaited shift happening behind the scenes in Vermont hospitals, doctor's offices and nursing homes this winter.

Through the accountable care organization OneCare Vermont, 10 hospitals have agreed to take financial responsibility for health care spending for certain patients in their local areas.

That spending will be measured against a set target. Hospitals and other local health care providers can keep some of the savings if patient care costs less than the target. Hospitals will be on the hook for overages, even if they never saw the patient.

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