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CMS Innovation Center Report to Congress Touts Achievements Despite its Ambiguous Future

January 6, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In a report to Congress, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation touted its accomplishments over the past six years as it relates to healthcare delivery system reform.

Report: What Providers Are Learning About Connecting with their Communities

January 6, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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When it comes to making connections with communities in order to improve the health status of their members, provider leaders are learning which strategies are essential to success, The Advisory Board Company reports

Scorecard: Keeping Track of Potential ACA—and Other—Federal Law Changes

January 3, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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Even as Congress comes back into session, with anticipation around possible action to repeal the health insurance elements of the ACA, what might happen to the non-insurance-related internal health system reform elements of the law remains deeply unclear

HHS Finalizes New Medicare Alternative Payment Models

December 21, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has finalized new Medicare alternative payment models around cardiac and orthopedic care, as well as the agency’s Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) Track 1+ Model.

Yes, They’re Making It Happen: How Healthcare Leaders Found Their Way Forward in 2016

December 20, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the pace of change across healthcare accelerates seemingly by the day, the pioneers of U.S.—and international—healthcare, are showing that transformational change is not only possible—it’s happening now

Washington Debrief: Congress Adjourns for the Year, 115th Congress Sworn in Jan. 3

December 20, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
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Members of Congress have left town for the year, and the 115th Congress will take their places on January 3, 2017.

CMS Expands Advanced APM Opportunities as Stakeholders Push for Track 1+ Details

December 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Beginning in January and February 2017, CMS will now officially open applications for new rounds of two CMS Innovation Center models for the 2018 performance year—for new practices and payers in the CPC+ model and new participants in the Next Generation ACO model.

CMS Announces New Medicare-Medicaid ACO Model

December 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a new ACO model, an initiative designed to improve the quality of care and lower costs for beneficiaries who are enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.

GAO Report to Congress: New Medicare Payment Models Prove Frustrating for Small Practices

December 13, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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A review of literature and CMS documents by the Government Accountability Office has identified various challenges faced by small and rural physician practices when participating in Medicare's new payment models.

At Memorial Hermann ACO, Making Strides Forward under Accountable Care

December 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Three senior executives at the Memorial Hermann ACO in Houston share their perspectives on health system transformation, based on the rapid advances they’ve made in improving clinical outcomes and curbing costs

One Expert’s Insights into Reducing Unwarranted Clinical Variation

December 12, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Nancy Lakier, R.N., the founder and CEO of Novia Strategies, discusses her decades-long work around uncovering and eliminating unwarranted variation in clinical care—and what healthcare IT leaders need to know about their role in this work

CMS Looks to Increase Patient Engagement with New Models

December 8, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two new models from the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) that will aim to increase patient engagement in care decisions by putting more information in the hands of Medicare beneficiaries.

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