Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Helping Rural Organizations Make the Leap from Volume to Value

December 18, 2014     Gabriel Perna
NRACO was formed to help rural organizations successfully transition from volume to value. Lynn Barr, the organization's founder and CEO, explains to HCI why analytics is the key to making this happen.

Survey Reveals Both Common Ground and Gaps between Patient and Provider Outlooks on Healthcare

December 17, 2014     John DeGaspari
Both providers and consumers feel some degree of anxiety about the future of healthcare, according to a study released today by Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs.

HHS Announces $665 Million in Funding to States for New Care Model Initiatives

December 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is dishing out $665 million in Affordable Care Act-based funding across 28 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to spur the implementation of new care models.

Using Technology to Optimize Population Health Care Coordination Outcomes

December 10, 2014     Wendy Vincent, R.N., National Practice Director, Beacon Partners
Are healthcare organizations ready to make the commitment to support population health initiatives? The technology, expertise, and resources exist to make it a reality. Beacon Partners' Wendy Vincent outlines steps for organizations to tackle the...

Washington Debrief: CMS’ Proposed ACO Rules Look to Boost Telehealth

December 8, 2014     Jeff Smith, Vice President of Public Policy at CHIME
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published proposed rules for the next phase of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to encourage broader participation in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Some provisions would encourage use of...

ONC's Five-Fold Federal Health IT Plan Looks Beyond EHRs

December 8, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) released a five-fold federal health IT strategic plan, which focuses on widespread health data sharing and looks beyond adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems.

Advocacy Groups Give Mixed Reaction to New ACO Rule

December 3, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Advocacy groups representing various industry stakeholders are both pleased and perturbed with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Organization (ACO) proposed rule.

In Cincinnati, Housing and Health Data Work Hand-in-Hand

December 2, 2014     Gabriel Perna
Researchers at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center used both housing and health data to determine which neighborhoods in the city were putting kids at risk for asthma attacks. Is integration of these data sets the future of accountable care?

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

BREAKING: CMS Publishes New ACO Regulations

December 1, 2014     Gabriel Perna
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), including updated provisions for accountable care organization (ACO) participants.

NQF Begins Annual Review of Quality Measures for Use in 20 Federal Programs

December 1, 2014     John DeGaspari
The Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), which is convened each year by the National Quality Forum (NQF), has begun its review of 202 standardized performance measures that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering for use in 20...

Podcast: How the Pioneer ACO Fallout Affects the Future of Risk-Based, Population Health

November 25, 2014     Gabriel Perna
With the viability of the Pioneer ACO program in question, how should healthcare provider organizations looking to take on risk move forward? That question is posed in the latest edition of the Healthcare Informatics podcast, with Krista Bowers, managing...
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