Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Top Ten Tech Trends: Taking Consumer-Generated Health Data to the Next Level

January 22, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
We have now entered the world of patient-generated health data (PGHD), an emerging concept that was covered in last year’s Top Ten Tech Trends, but has since evolved. The question is, is the healthcare industry ready to take PGHD to the next level?

Time for Everyone to Get Real on ACOs

January 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
It was fascinating to speak this week with Alison Fleury, who was CEO of Sharp HealthCare ACO last year, when the Sharp organization pulled out of the Medicare Pioneer ACO Program

Surprise, Surprise: Healthcare Policy Developments That Grabbed Our Attention in 2014

December 31, 2014     Mark Hagland
Perhaps even more than some years, 2014 has been a year filled with surprises, big and small, in U.S. healthcare. And some surprising healthcare policy developments were particularly worth noting.

Clinical Collaboration: Bringing Payer and Provider Together

December 24, 2014     John DeGaspari
What’s the biggest challenge in bringing payers and providers together to improve care for the patient? In the view of Dan Hounchell, COO of HealthSpan, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based health benefits management company, it’s a re-thinking of how data should be used...

Like a Classic Movie Plot Twist: The Latest News on Medicare ACOs

December 23, 2014     Mark Hagland
Yesterday’s announcement from CMS on the addition of 89 new ACOs to the Medicare Shared Savings Program for ACOs feels rather cinematic—and is worth noting

BREAKING NEWS: 89 New ACOs to Join Medicare Shared Savings Program

December 23, 2014     Mark Hagland
On Dec. 22, the deputy administrator and director at the Center for Medicare within CMS announced via The CMS Blog that 89 new ACOs will be joining the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Signs Value-Based Care Agreements with Six Hospital Systems

December 17, 2014     John DeGaspari
Six Michigan health systems have signed new value-based reimbursement agreements with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). To date, 18 Michigan hospital systems, including 71 hospitals, have adopted this innovative payment model.

Putting Patient Data at the Provider’s Fingertips

December 4, 2014     John DeGaspari
QualCare, a hospital-owned managed care organization based in Piscataway, N.J., completed a three-year technology upgrade that would allow it to meet the data needs of its provider organizations. The technology upgrade was an effort to strengthen its support...

Big Data Opportunities Set to Expand in Louisiana

December 3, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
ShareCor, a healthcare shared-services organization in Louisiana, has hooked up with a cloud-based big data platform to expand its clinical data reporting and analysis services for its hospital members.

CMS’s Latest Move on ACOs: A Shift Towards Greater Realism Going Forward?

December 1, 2014     Mark Hagland
Just hours after the news broke that CMS was issuing a new rule on ACO development, at least a few things are already clear

EDITOR’S NOTES: Heading Towards That $5 Trillion Annual Price Tag on U.S. Healthcare Spending

November 24, 2014     Mark Hagland
With U.S. healthcare spending now anticipated to rise from just over $3 trillion this year to nearly $5.2 trillion by 2023, such increases will have an impact on many areas of activity, including among many others, imaging informatics

As ACOs and Population Health Move Forward, No “Big Boxes” of Diagnostic Images Needed

November 18, 2014     Mark Hagland
Multiple revolutions are taking place simultaneously, with accountable care and population health, HIE development, data-sharing and storage technologies, and policy and reimbursement changes, all impacting imaging informatics now
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