Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Lawmakers Introduce ACO Reform

September 29, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Representatives Diane Black (R-TN) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would aim to improve the accountable care organization (ACO) program.

Evolution and Revolution: What Medical Group Leaders Are Learning through their Federal ACO Participation

September 29, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Will the current period have been a turning point for medical groups participating in the two federal ACO programs? Medical group leaders share their perspectives

Seeing the Potential in Physician-Led ACOs, Dr. Mostashari Makes a Shift

September 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Farzad Mostashari, M.D., the former National Coordinator for Health IT, after a brief stopoff at the Brookings Institution, launches a new company to facilitate physician-governed ACOs—and shares his perspectives on physician development of accountable care...

Shared Experiences: Similar Lessons Learned Across Beacon Communities

September 26, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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This week's announcement that three more Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are leaving the program will bring out the naysayers and cynics in droves. But let's take a step back and think positively for a change.

BREAKING NEWS: Medicare’s Pioneer ACO Program Loses Three More Participants

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal and Mark Hagland
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Three more accountable care organizations (ACOs) have dropped out of Medicare's Pioneer ACO program, dropping the total to 19, down from the program’s original 32, according to industry news reports and verified sources.

Survey: Interoperability, Cost Continue to Hold Back ACOs

September 25, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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A recent survey of 62 ACO participants revealed that 100 percent of respondents have trouble gaining access to data outside of their organizations. On a press call, health IT executives dug deeper into the survey’s findings.

A Glass Half-Empty Or a Glass Half-Full? Parsing the ACO Evidence in Real-Time

September 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Is there a proper place on the spectrum between cynicism and optimism at which to rest, when it comes to assessing last week’s publication by CMS of ACO program results?

What Do CMS’s ACO Programs’ Results Really Mean? One Industry Observer’s View

September 20, 2014     Mark Hagland
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On Sept. 17, CMS announced results coming out of the Pioneer ACO Program and Medicare Shared Savings Program. The Advisory Board Company’s Tom Cassels has nuanced views on what those results really mean.

Medicare ACO Savings, Quality of Care Improve in Year Two, CMS Reports

September 17, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) have generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced.

The Chase Comparison – Moving Beyond the EMR for Quality Improvement

September 16, 2014     Gabriel Perna
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Moving from volume to value-based care is a journey. That much is clear. But how can provider organizations use Chase bank as a guide as they move from different care models in an attempt to improve outcomes?

Texas Health Resources COO Talks Innovation, Strategy—and Faith

September 16, 2014     Mark Hagland
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Jeffrey Canose, M.D., who in early September was named senior executive vice president and COO of the vast Texas Health Resources integrated health system, shares his perspectives on his organization’s assertive push into the future of healthcare

Health IT Policy Leaders Seek Clarity: An Extended Look

September 10, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
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As an extension of Associate Editor Rajiv Leventhal’s health IT policy piece in the September issue of Healthcare Informatics and posted online last month, legislative experts dig even deeper into the many regulatory issues weighing down the industry.
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