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

December 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
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
article
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
article
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
news
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.

AHA Report: ACA Repeal without a Replacement Could Cost Hospitals Billions

December 6, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
A new report from the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federal of American Hospitals (FAH) outlines the impact a potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have on hospitals and health systems.

AHA Outlines Healthcare Policy Priorities in Letter to President-Elect Trump

December 2, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Hospital Association (AHA) has written a letter to President-elect Donald Trump outlining the organization’s public policy priorities for the new administration—including reducing regulatory burden for providers and continuing to advance health...

Premier ACOs Continue to Outpace Peers, Data Shows

November 17, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
While federal accountable care organization (ACO) program results from 2015 exposed another year of mixed outcomes, Premier, Inc. has just released data showing that its ACO participants continue to outpace their peers.

A Federal Advocacy Leader Looks at the MACRA Final Rule

November 16, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Mara McDermott, vice president of federal affairs at CAPG, an association representing the interests of medical groups taking on risk contracting, shares her perspectives on the challenges and opportunities built into the MACRA final rule

In Trump’s Presidency, Value-Based Purchasing, Health IT Must Push Forward

November 15, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
commentary
The results of last week’s presidential election were extremely unexpected to many. But now it’s time to ensure that value-based healthcare and health IT stay on track.

Tailoring Healthcare Analytics to a Value-Based Future

November 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
Leonard D’Avolio, Ph.D., speaks to Healthcare Informatics about what needs to change in approaches to leveraging analytics in healthcare’s value-based future.

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