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Prevalence of risk-bearing ACOs increasing under Medicare programs

February 24, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

More Medicare ACOs are taking on upside and downside risk under CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation ACO Model.

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New participants join several CMS alternative payment models

January 21, 2017  /  Medicare

Numbers demonstrate provider commitment to a health care system with better care, healthier people, and smarter spending.

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Medicare ACO explosion: CMS boasts 570 participants for 2017

January 21, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

More than 570 Medicare accountable care organizations will participate this year in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service models, including the Shared Savings Program, Next Generation ACO Model and The Comprehensive ESRD Care Model, with 131 in a risk-bearing track.

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Medicare ACO hospitals faster at reducing readmissions, study finds

January 21, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

Though both ACO and non-ACO hospitals have been successful in driving down rates of readmissions from skilled nursing facilities, hospitals participating in Medicare ACOs have done so measurably faster, according to a study published in the January issue of Health Affairs.

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CMS Releases MSSP Track 1+ Model Risk Structures, Eligibility

January 12, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

CMS provided MSSP Track 1+ model details, including financial risk structures based on ACO composition and eligibility requirements.

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ACOs with High Numbers of Minority Patients Struggle in Quality

January 12, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) that have a high proportion of minority patients were associated with low scores on about three-fourths of Medicare quality performance measures, according to new research published in Health Affairs.

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Hospitals in Medicare ACOs reduced readmissions faster

January 12, 2017  /  ACOs, Medicare

Hospitals in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations outpaced non-ACO hospitals in reducing the rate at which patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) needed to return to the hospital, according to a new study in the January issue of Health Affairs.

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70% of Medical Groups Concerned About MACRA Regulations

January 7, 2017  /  Medicare

Physicians are wary about MACRA regulations and MIPS requirements, which means payers may need to improve training in value-based care.

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CMS Unveils New Medicare APMs for Quality Payment Program

December 25, 2016  /  Medicare

New Medicare alternative payment models include several cardiac and orthopedic care bundled payment models and a new MSSP track.

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CMS will test models designed to improve patient engagement

December 12, 2016  /  Medicare

The CMS Innovation Center announced on Thursday two new care delivery models intended to improve patient engagement and decision-making.

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