Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Join Us: Healthcare Informatics and Advisory Board to Host Accountable Care Twitter Chat

October 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Accountable care organizations will be the subject and the Advisory Board’s Carrie Kozlowski will be the co-host of the second tweet chat from Healthcare Informatics. The Tweet chat will take place on November 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm EST.

Physician Consultant: Value-Based Care Will Reach a Tipping Point

October 27, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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In the latest Healthcare Informatics podcast, Tonya Edwards, M.D., physician advisor at Impact Advisors, shares her thoughts on the early population health management initiatives with Senior Editor, Gabriel Perna. Dr. Edwards explains why the best is yet to...

Washington Debrief: Health IT Leaders in Shock over DeSalvo, Reider Departures

October 27, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
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Health IT leaders were shocked last week to learn the top two health IT officials from the Obama administration are leaving their posts. Late Thursday afternoon, Dr. DeSalvo announced to staff her “immediate” reassignment to the Office of the Assistant...

The Good News- Bad News Scenario on U.S. Healthcare Spending: Big Numbers, Big Impacts

October 25, 2014     Mark Hagland
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CMS’s new projections on overall U.S. healthcare spending from 2014 through 2023 are alarming—and they should be

HHS Announces $840 Million Initiative for Value-Based Medical Reform

October 23, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced the agency is making a $840 million investment into value-based coordinated care initiatives in an effort to further healthcare reform.

Is the Drive to Coordinated Care Coming at a Price for Patients?

October 22, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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A recent study in JAMA from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley found that the trend of hospitals and health systems consolidating medical groups and physician practices is increasing costs for the patients. And here I thought bundling...

Maryland ACOs Find Data Integrity Key to Progress

October 21, 2014     David Raths
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MedChi Network Services (MNS), a subsidiary of the Maryland Medical Society, operates three Medicare Shared Savings Program Advance Payment ACOs, and has learned some lessons about the importance of data integrity to the overall mission of ACOs

Striving Forward, Atrius Health Focuses on ACO-Driven Learning

October 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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At Atrius Health, a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups in Massachusetts, mastering the ins and outs of the Pioneer ACO Program is part of a long-term strategic plan

GUEST BLOG: Population Health: Are We REALLY Ready for Value-Based Care and Coordination?

October 17, 2014     Linda Lockwood and Michael Garzone
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It’s one thing to say our industry needs to shift from fee-for-service to outcomes-based payment. It’s quite another to get there. Population health has certainly become THE healthcare buzzword, and rightfully so. Early successes show promise in improving the...

CMS Launches New ACO Model Targeting Underserved Areas

October 15, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new ACO initiative that is designed to encourage new ACOs to form in rural and underserved areas, and current Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs to transition to arrangements with greater...

Aetna’s Dr. Kennedy Opens the Health Plan ACO-Strategy Kimono

October 14, 2014     Mark Hagland
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What does it mean when a prominent health insurer picks sole integrated health systems to partner with in individual healthcare markets? And will such single-health-plan-single-health-system partnering become a trend?

In Washington, Aetna’s Kennedy Offers One Vision of an Accountable Care Future

October 12, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Charles Kennedy, M.D., CEO of Aetna Accountable Care Solutions, offers his vision of private insurer-sponsored accountable care at the Health IT Summit in Washington, D.C.
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