Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

When Peggy O’Kane Speaks, Providers Had Better Listen

February 27, 2015     Mark Hagland
The blog last week on the American Journal of Managed Care’s website by Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Kane, president of NCQA, provided a strong element in a clear roadmap for providers going forward

Population Health Would be Easy, If it Wasn’t for Our Patients!

February 24, 2015     Pete Rivera
We focus on the technology and clinical side of Population Health, but there is another aspect that is harder to control; Patient Compliance.

Business Intelligence for ACOs: Where’s the Urgency?

February 23, 2015     Joe Marion
In this age of accountable care, there are increasing demands for data for reporting and reimbursement purposes. Since healthcare providers are often structured around clinical departments, much of the data pertinent to accountable care may be managed/stored...

What Stephen Nuckolls Knows About Accountable Care—and Why It Really Matters

February 23, 2015     Mark Hagland
Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina Health Care know that they can make accountable care work—and do it outside the markets already best known for risk-based innovation

Forging Ahead on MSSP Progress in Small-Town North Carolina: Coastal Carolina’s ACO Experience

February 21, 2015     Mark Hagland
Stephen Nuckolls and his colleagues at Coastal Carolina are proving that the ACO model of care can work in eastern North Carolina

UnitedHealthcare to Add Up to 250 ACOs in 2015

February 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
UnitedHealthcare has announced that it will contract with up to 250 new accountable care organizations (ACO) in 2015, adding to its existing total of 520 such programs.

Four Pennsylvania Healthcare Orgs Form Medicare ACO

February 18, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
Four regional Pennsylvania healthcare organizations are collaborating to form a Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organization (ACO), called Penn State Health Care Partners.

Maine’s HealthInfoNet: Secrets of Sustainability

February 16, 2015     Mark Hagland
At a time when the broad survival of health information exchanges, especially statewide HIEs, is in question, Dev Culver and his colleagues at Maine’s HealthInfoNet have unlocked the keys to sustainability

An Inflection Point for Federal ACO Development? Provider Leaders Throw Down the Gauntlet to CMS

February 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
As clearly as they possibly could, the leaders of the nation’s accountable care organizations threw down the gauntlet at the feet of CMS officials this past week, asking for major changes to the MSSP program—before it’s too late

National ACO Group Proposes Major Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

February 6, 2015     Mark Hagland and Rajiv Leventhal
On Feb. 6, the National Association of ACOs, the nationwide group advocating on behalf of the leaders of ACOs, sent a 36-page letter to CMS, proposing major changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program

At Cleveland Clinic, Leveraging IT for Systemic Transformation

February 3, 2015     Mark Hagland
As he prepares to deliver a keynote address at the Health IT Summit in Miami, Cleveland Clinic CIO C. Martin Harris, M.D. shares his perspectives on the leveraging of IT for fundamental transformation

Major Providers, Payers Set Their Own Value-Based Goals

January 28, 2015     Gabriel Perna
An alliance of some of the country's biggest health systems and payers announced a significant commitment to value-based reimbursement models by the year 2020.
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