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Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

CMS Issues Final Rule on MSSP ACOs

June 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule on Monday June 6 that aims to improve how Medicare pays accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for delivering better patient care.

CMS to Allow ACOs to Join Forthcoming CPC+ Model

May 31, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened up its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative to 1,500 eligible primary care practices currently in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Documenting the Cost Benefits of Care Management: One Care Management Organization’s Experience

May 26, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Leaders at AxisPoint Health, a Colorado-based company that provides care management services to a variety of insurers, including to state Medicaid programs, recently conducted a study to assess the potential cost savings of care management programs

Multiple Best-of-Breed Applications Make Up Population Health Stack, Execs Say

May 26, 2016  |  David Raths
Shawn Griffin, M.D., chief quality and informatics officer for Houston-based Memorial Hermann Physician Network, and Tricia Nguyen, M.D., executive vice president for population health, Texas Health Resources, share their perspective on population health trends.

One CIO’s Perspective on Risk-Based Contracting and IT Challenges

May 6, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
The Orange, Calif.-based St. Joseph Health takes on more risk-based contracts, CIO Bill Russell is finding the IT- and data-related challenges multiplying. Here, he shares some of his perspectives on what his fellow CIOs will face as they plunge into risk.

What’s Best for Medicare Docs? Healthcare Policy Experts Weigh in on MACRA Payment Tracks

April 29, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Healthcare policy folks discuss the MIPS versus advanced APMs track options under the just-released MACRA proposed rule.

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Data Stewardship, Governance Issues Emerging as Huge Issues in Data-Fueled Organizations

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
As the leaders of pioneering patient care organizations push their organizations forward to use data in innovative ways, one thing is clear: new models of data governance, stewardship, and management are going to be needed

Integra, UnitedHealthcare Launch Medicaid ACO in Rhode Island

April 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Integra Community Care Network, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-certified Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is partnering with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island to launch a Medicaid ACO entity.

Study: HIT Use and Participation in ACO, PCMH Initiatives Facilitates Advanced Care Delivery

April 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Physicians who adopted electronic health records (EHRs) in 2012 and participated in new models of payment and care delivery were more likely to perform care processes associated with improved care delivery, according to a recently published study.

Premier Survey: Alternative Payment Models Pushing Orgs Towards Pop Health Strategies

April 18, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The healthcare industry’s movement to alternative payment models has health systems exploring new and innovative approaches to system-wide care delivery, according to a new survey from Charlotte, N.C.-based Premier, Inc.

Study of MSSP ACOs Finds that Earlier Participation Has Led to Bigger Savings

April 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
A study of accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) found that the organizations that started earlier in the program have fared better than the ones that started later.

CSC Launches New Chronic Care Management Technology, Aligns with CMS CCM Program

March 31, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Falls Church, Va.-based healthcare IT vendor CSC announced this week the launch of a full-service Chronic Care Management (CCM) service, with Michigan-based accountable care organization Reliance ACO as its first adopter.


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