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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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Population Health Helps Medicare ACO Models Earn Shared Savings

November 30, 2016  /  ACOs, Medicare

Population health management will remain an important aspect for the future success of Medicare ACO Models.

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HHS Finalizes MACRA Rule, Continues Shift to Value-Based Care in Medicare

October 14, 2016  /  Medicare

The much-anticipated final rule changing the way Medicare pays doctors by tying reimbursement to quality goes easy on small doctor practices by “reducing the time and cost to participate” in the program.

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ACO Financial Results Unsatisfying: Medicare Advisory Panel

October 7, 2016  /  ACOs, Medicare

Accountable care organizations haven’t created substantial savings for the government and some should be pushed to take on more risk, Congress’s Medicare advisers said.

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