Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Obama Administration Sets Value-Based Reimbursement Goals

January 26, 2015     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants 30 percent of traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments tied to a quality-driven, alternative payment model, such as an Accountable Care Organization (ACOs), by the end of next year.

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015     Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...

HCI’s Top 10 Tech Trends 2015: Parsing the Swirl

January 20, 2015     The Editors of HCI
We offer you, our readers, our Top Tech Trends for 2015. Each of the ten trends has its own significance—and urgency; together, they help paint a portrait of the landscape in U.S. healthcare at a time of fundamental change and intensifying activity.

BREAKING: Marilyn Tavenner Departing CMS (Update: Confirmed)

January 16, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Multiple mainstream media outlets are reporting that Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is stepping down at the end of February.

Majority of Healthcare Executives See Population Health Investment Recouped within Four Years

January 15, 2015     John DeGaspari
More than half of healthcare managers surveyed expect to recoup their investments in population health management programs within three to four years, according to a survey by KPMG LLP in New York.

Trinity Health, Heritage Looking to Take Population Health to National Level

January 13, 2015     Gabriel Perna
Trinity Health, the Livonia, Mich.-based large Catholic health system, is forming a joint population health partnership with the Heritage Provider Network, an integrated physician group based in Marina del Rey, Calif.

In Ohio, Value-Based Care Takes Center Stage

January 9, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
When Mercy Health first partnered with Explorys for its cloud-based platform, the idea was to manage populations, engage patients, and meet PCMH and ACO goals. To date, the results have been impressive, and now the relationship is expanding.

National Rural Accountable Care Consortium Assists 30 Rural Health Systems Participating in Six ACOs

January 8, 2015     John DeGaspari
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium, Nevada City, Nev., has announced it has formed five additional accountable care organizations

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

Patients in Motion: Maine HIE Rolls Out Real-Time Predictive Analytics

January 7, 2015     Gabriel Perna
In this HCI exclusive, Dev Culver, the CEO of HealthInfoNet, the Statewide HIE in Maine, talks about the organization’s recent rollout of a real-time, predictive analytics service. Just what exactly can predictive analytics services tell care managers and...

Walgreens Severs Ties with Medicare ACOs

December 31, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Walgreens, the Deerfield, Ill.-based national chain of pharmacies, is cutting ties with two Medicare Shared Savings accountable care organizations (ACOs) due to finances less than two years after joining them.

A Bold Endeavor: Five Predictions for Health IT in 2015

December 31, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In the ever-changing and often unpredictable world of health IT, I expect 2015 to be no different. As we head into the New Year, here are five things that I think will happen in health IT in 2015.
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