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At Valley Health in Milton, West Virginia, family doctor Matthew Weimer usually sees between 20-30 patients a day. This volume isn't unusual for local doctors, but Weimer said it can cause problems for patients.

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10 Federally Qualified Health Care Centers have joined to form a new Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The initiative hopes to improve access to care to underserved communities in West Virginia by changing the way physicians get paid.

Traditionally physicians operated on a fee for service model (the more patients you see the more money you make). Now, advocates are hoping for a patient outcomes model (the better your patient does the more money you make).