Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

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
blog
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.

Pioneer ACO Results: A Big Numbers Salad Right Now

October 10, 2014     Mark Hagland
blog
What do the first- and second-year Pioneer ACO Program results just published by CMS really mean?

Washington, DC Panel Members Agree: It’s Early In the ACO Journey

October 9, 2014     Mark Hagland
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As healthcare leaders struggle forward to create accountable care organization structures and processes, industry experts reflect on what’s been learned so far—and what still needs to e learned

DC Panel Consensus: In the End, Data Analytics Comes Back to Patients, Communities

October 7, 2014     Mark Hagland
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A panel of industry leaders meeting in Washington, D.C. agrees on the importance of leveraging insights and achievements in data analytics to improve care management and population health management

Aetna Launches ACO in Northern California

October 6, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Aetna, Hill Physicians Medical Group, Dignity Health Medical Foundation and Dignity Health have launched an accountable care organization (ACO) that will provide coordinated care for the health insurer’s members.
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