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Episode 504: Can Hospitals Save Money By Making Doctors Squirm?

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Episode 504: Can Hospitals Save Money By Making Doctors Squirm?

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Episode 504: Can Hospitals Save Money By Making Doctors Squirm?

Episode 504: Can Hospitals Save Money By Making Doctors Squirm?

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The Affordable Care Act could change the culture and decisions of doctors in hospitals experimenting with cost controls.
John Bazemore/AP

There's one part of Obamacare that doesn't get mentioned a lot, but that could end up being a big deal. It sets up experiments in hospitals all over the country to try to figure out how to save money without lowering the quality of care.

On today's show, we visit a hospital in Akron, Ohio that's engaged in one of these experiments. We sit in on a tense conversation where doctors argue about why it's so hard to start surgery on time. And we hear what happens when you change the way hospitals and doctors get paid.

For more, see our stories 3 Ways Obamacare Is Changing The Way A Hospital Cares For Patients and Hospital Puts Docs On The Spot To Lower Costs.

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