“Someone who has multiple CAT scans is exposed to unnecessary radiation,” he said. “It’s not at all a focus on restricting access to care. But if appropriate care can be given in a lower-cost setting, then that is where you would want to have it done.”
Medicare patients using ACOs can still choose doctors outside the network, although Bazylewicz said the coordinated care concept will work better if patients stay within the Lahey system.
Bazylewicz said Lahey Health is “moving toward the ultimate goal” of establishing a large electronic system so that doctors throughout Lahey can access a patient’s medical records.
Lahey will notify by mail the Medicare patients who are affected by the change, a spokesman said. There will also be posters and brochures in the offices of primary care doctors.
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