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LIVE from HIMSS17: How Louisiana Healthcare Leaders Collaborated to Reduce ED Over-Utilization

February 19, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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A major collaboration between and among the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana, and physicians and hospitals in that state, has yielded significant results in reducing unnecessary ED utilization statewide

LIVE from HIMSS17: Healthcare Organizations Should “Swim to Risk” When Moving into APMs

February 19, 2017  |  Heather Landi
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During a pre-conference session at HIMSS17 on Sunday, industry stakeholders representing three distinct segments—a health system, a physician provider group and a solo practitioner physician group—shared their insights about risk-sharing in a value-based world

Deloitte Leader Ponders Healthcare’s Post-ACA Landscape

February 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Mitch Morris, M.D., recently spoke with Healthcare Informatics about the post-election healthcare landscape and how the future of value-based care looks with the new administration at the helm.

Health Affairs: Provider Consolidation Not Directly Associated with Payment Reform

February 8, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Although the prevailing wisdom is that payment reform will accelerate provider consolidation, new research published in Health Affairs finds minimal evidence that consolidation has been associated with accountable care organization (ACO) penetration.

Key Republican Members of Congress Appear to Be Wavering on Full ACA Repeal

February 4, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In the first week of February, key Senate and House chairmen with jurisdiction over any ACA repeal legislation, appeared to publicly back away from the Republicans’ stated goal of full repeal of the law, speaking instead of “repair”

Physician Leaders Are All-In: The Value-Based Care Train Cannot Be Stopped

January 27, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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It was quite engrossing to read reports this week that physicians, both in the field and in key leadership positions, are determined to make sure that the core elements of value-based purchasing and accountable care continue to push forward.

Healthcare Leaders Urge Trump Administration to Move Value-Based Care Forward

January 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a letter to Congress and the new administration, several prominent healthcare organizations have called for a renewed effort to move to value-based, patient-centered payment models that reward improved quality and cost-effective care.

For Health IT Leaders, a Highly Unsettled Business and Policy Landscape Demands Maximal Agility

January 24, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
commentary
Monday’s federal court ruling blocking the Aetna-Humana merger served as a warning to IT leaders in patient care organizations that the U.S. healthcare system is headed into an unprecedentedly unsettled period for the foreseeable future, one requiring maximal...

Washington Debrief: President Trump Takes Two Executive Actions Impacting Healthcare

January 23, 2017  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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President Trump on Jan. 20 signed an executive order that could open the door for federal agencies to curtail some aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

CMS: 359K Clinicians Participating in Four Alternative Payment Models in 2017

January 18, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that some 359,000 clinicians are confirmed to participate in four of CMS’s Alternative Payment Models (APMs) in 2017.

Health Affairs: ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

January 12, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

Aledade Gets $20M More in Funding with Eyes on Value-Based Care

January 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Aledade, a Bethesda, Md.-based company focused on physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs), has announced that it has raised another $20 million in funding.

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