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“Most health­care pro­fes­sion­als are paid by the visit and pro­ce­dure. So the more care they pro­vide, the more money they make. The Marsh­field Clinic in cen­tral Wis­con­sin just pro­vided some hard and wel­come ev­i­dence that chang­ing this skewed pay­ment in­cen­tive can help im­prove pa­tient out­comes while con­trol­ling soar­ing cost. Marsh­field was one of 10 med­i­cal groups across the coun­try that par­tic­i­pated in a five-year study de­signed to fi­nan­cially re­ward the value, rather than vol­ume, of health­care. Marsh­field saved Medi­care and tax­pay­ers mil­lions of dol­lars each year while main­tain­ing if not im­prov­ing high qual­ity stan­dards.”

—Wis­con­sin state jour­nal, Madi­son “Score one for log­i­cal over ide­o­log­i­cal. Though he’s no fan of na­tional health­care re­form, Idaho Gov. Butch Ot­ter is tak­ing a prag­matic stance in telling leg­is­la­tors that the state should take $40 mil­lion in fed­eral money to es­tab­lish the health­care ex­changes called for in the Af­ford­able Care Act. ... Ot­ter’s savvy moves on this is­sue show the dif­fer­ence be­tween elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives who are merely ob­struc­tion­ist and those who have to gov­ern.”

—Spokesman-re­view, Spokane, Wash.

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