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In Illinois, an MSSP ACO Proves its Worth Once Again

January 16, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Healthcare Informatics recently caught up with Lee B. Sacks, M.D., chief medical officer of Advocate Health Care, to talk about the ACO’s impressive 2016 results, reasons for its successful performance, challenges faced, and next steps.

MedPAC Votes 14-2 to Scrap MIPS, Recommends Alternative Program

January 12, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan legislative branch agency that provides the U.S. Congress with analysis and policy advice on the Medicare program, voted 14-2 on Thursday in favor of scrapping the Merit-based Incentive Payment...

ACO Company Caravan Health Touts Continued Growth

January 11, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Kansas City-based Caravan Health, a builder of accountable care organizations (ACOs), today announced the addition of 103 new health systems and 15 ACOs to its group of partners.

MGMA Calls for CMS to Release 2018 MIPS Eligibility Notices

January 11, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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In a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, the Medical Group Management Association is calling for the agency to immediately release 2018 MIPS eligibility information, including exemptions under the low-volume threshold and special status as non-patient-facing...

CMS Announces New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model that Qualifies as Advanced APM

January 10, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced).

HHS Nominee Alex Azar Signals Openness to Mandatory Payment Models

January 9, 2018  |  Heather Landi
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During a Senate Finance Committee hearing, HHS nominee Alex Azar made comments indicating his openness to mandatory bundled payment models, which would represent, if Azar is confirmed, a potential shift in the Trump Administration’s policy.

Medicare Shared Savings Program Gets 124 New ACOs for 2018

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said that there will be 124 new accountable care organizations (ACOs) that will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2018.

Healthcare Informatics Podcast: John Halamka on Precision Medicine and the Wide-Ranging Future of Health IT

January 9, 2018  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In the most recent Healthcare Informatics podcast, Managing Editor Rajiv Leventhal and Dr. John Halamka discuss the CIO’s latest takeaways on MACRA, and also touch on other key health IT topics such as the next frontier in innovation and precision medicine.

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.

Seven Healthcare Predictions for 2018

January 4, 2018  |  Dave Levin, M.D.
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As we start off 2018, let’s dust off the crystal ball and make some healthcare predictions. What can you expect for healthcare this year? Here are my seven predictions for the coming year.

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

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