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Report shines light on ACO successes, strategies

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The report highlights ACOs’ experience by evaluating proficiency across key activities, educating organizations about the importance of key activities and prioritizing improvement efforts based on unique needs. “ACOs have demonstrated great promise at improving care and reducing costs, as evidenced by the latest results from Medicare ACOs,” said HCTTF Executive Director Jeff Micklos. “The task force is committed to the spread of alternative payment models and sharing learnings from model participants. This study includes replicable strategies especially beneficial for smaller, independent organizations without the capital to invest in custom, hands-on […]
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Telehealth could lure more providers to ACOs

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HealthcareDive Insight “Telehealth and alternative payment models are a natural fit for Medicare. CMS wants to tie 50% of the program’s payments to ACOs and other advanced payment models by 2018, and providers are always looking for ways to increase access and quality of care while reducing costs. Next-generation ACOs, for example, waive certain restrictions to promote opportunities for virtual care.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!
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Value-Based Care News

Guides Help Employers Decide on Accountable Care Organization Use

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Value-Based Care News “ACOs have the potential to deliver lower-cost, higher-quality and more consumer-focused health care. However, with over 900 ACOs in the marketplace, and most varying in size, provider-mix, leadership structure, quality measures, performance and other characteristics, employers have many questions about how ACOs deliver value better than the network models they offer today. That’s one of the main reasons we developed these resources.” Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social media!    
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Should Accountable Care Organizations Include Social Services?

Should Accountable Care Organizations Include Social Services?

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In order to reduce medical spending and boost patient outcomes, accountable care organizations may need to integrate social services. “While government agencies, healthcare payers, and medical organizations put their efforts and hopes in advancing accountable care organizations (ACOs), these healthcare delivery reforms lack significant social service interventions, according to a new report from Health Affairs. Investing in social services tend to add value to the quality of accountable care organizations. However, many ACOs under state Medicaid programs and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) tend to lack payment […]
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How Accountable Care Organizations Meet Quality Benchmarks

How Accountable Care Organizations Meet Quality Benchmarks

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Accountable care organizations need to overcome some major challenges such as the lack of data sharing from hospitals. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are relatively new patient care models that can operate with either public or private health payers. Initially, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created the first accountable care organizations under the Medicare Shared Savings Program. Today, ACOs have grown in popularity and private, commercial payers are now investing in partnering with these models of care. Read the full article. Check out this article and more on social […]
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