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Three years into a unique five-year agreement with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that began in 2014, the hospitals saved $586 million for the federal health care programs, above a major goal of the program.

“I applaud Maryland’s care partners on their outstanding efforts to transform and expand patient-care delivery, while improving the quality of care at lower costs to the consumers,” said Maryland Health Secretary Robert R. Neall in a statement.

The goals of the experiment were to reduce increases in spending below the national average and also improve care, as measured by readmissions and hospital-acquired infections and other means. The hospitals were each given budgets that they could not exceed.

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