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On the Horizon: A Delivery System Increasingly Untethered from In-Person Patient Visits

January 16, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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An op-ed in The New England Journal of Medicine, authored by Sean Duffy and Thomas H. Lee, M.D., lays out clearly an argument for the path forward around a care delivery system increasingly untethered to in-person patient visits

Could HHS and CMS Shift Direction on Mandatory Bundled Payments? It’s an Intriguing Prospect

January 11, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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Alex Azar’s comments in his Senate Finance Committee confirmation hearings were highly intriguing; only time will tell what might happen to mandatory bundled payments under his direction, at Health and Human Services

One Expert Looks at the CVS/Aetna Combination through the Broader Lens of Health Industry Change

January 6, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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David Friend, M.D., the chief transformation officer in the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation, shares his perspectives on some of the new business combinations that are disrupting all healthcare sectors

Massachusetts ACO Certification Program Now Includes 17 Members

January 5, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Netwon, Mass.-based Atrius Health has been certified as an accountable care organization (ACO) by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) in what officials call is a first-in-the-nation certification program.

What’s the Driving Force Behind UnityPoint Health’s Continued ACO Success?

January 3, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Leaders point to past experiences in value-based care programs, being data-driven, and having a strong focus and consistent messaging as reasons for strong ACO results

Looking at San Diego’s Healthcare Landscape: What Can Advanced Markets Teach Us?

January 3, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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What can we learn from the leaders of the San Diego healthcare market? As it turns out, a lot—about collaboration, payer-provider relations, taking on risk-bearing contracts, population health—and more. And what the provider and payer leaders are learning in that...

Edging into 2018, Could 2017 Turn Out To Have Been an Inflection-Point Year?

January 1, 2018  |  Mark Hagland
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It feels as though 2017 was an important year in the preparation on the part of advanced patient care organizations, to plunge more deeply into risk-based contracting—at a time of accelerating risks to providers (including cybersecurity risks) of all kinds

In New York State, a Unique MSSP ACO Cares for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities

December 20, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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In New York state, the Alliance for Integrated Care of New York (AICNY) is leveraging data and analytics in order to optimize care delivery to patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

California Stakeholders Endorse Plan to Standardize ACO Benchmarking

December 19, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) and Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH) have announced that they are working together to develop a benchmarking framework for California ACOs (accountable care organizations).

Survey: By 2019, 60% of Medicare Revenues will be Tied to Risk

December 13, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Medical groups and health systems that are members of AMGA (the American Medical Group Association) expect that nearly 60 percent of their revenues from Medicare will be from risk-based products by 2019, according to the results from a recent survey.

Market Profile: San Diego’s Leaders Manage Parallel Trajectories When It Comes to Population Health

December 12, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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San Diego is one of the more advanced metro healthcare markets, with a long history of risk-based contracting; yet providers must manage both risk-based and FFS contracting, in parallel environments, to be successful

When State Medicaid Leaders Talk, We Need to Listen

December 10, 2017  |  Mark Hagland
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The discussion that took place at the Sloan School of Management at MIT last month was highly relevant to a host of issues around not only Medicaid program reform, but overall health system reform across the U.S. healthcare system

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