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Health systems look to address social determinants of health

February 24, 2017


Health systems are playing a leading role in addressing patients' social needs, in part because their profits are not based on the number of patient visits and treatments.

Research suggests ACOs effectively reduce costs, improve quality

February 15, 2017


Michael McWilliams, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, says, "Many people have written off [accountable care organizations] as not working. But over time, the savings have materialized."

Vt. gov. announces ACO pilot program for Medicaid beneficiaries

February 13, 2017


The pilot program will involve 30,000 of Vermont's Medicaid beneficiaries and close to 2,000 different health care providers.

Why the GOP's ACA repeal plan concerns hospitals

February 8, 2017


Health policy analysts say repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement likely would result in coverage losses, meaning fewer patients would be able to pay their medical bills.

Industry leaders urge Trump admin, Congress to continue transition to value-based care

January 26, 2017


This is not the first time providers, insurers, and advocacy groups have called on the Trump administration to continue efforts to promote value-based payment models.

CMS: 359,000 clinicians slated to participate in APMs in 2017

January 20, 2017


CMS says the participating clinicians in 2017 will serve more than 12.3 million Medicare and/or Medicaid beneficiaries across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Study: ACOs that treat more minority patients might be at a disadvantage in quality programs

January 13, 2017


The researchers recommend that quality programs take into account patients' socioeconomic characteristics, such as race and income, when adjusting for risk in provider quality programs.

Yesterday's top story: CMS finalizes new Medicare alternative payment models

December 22, 2016


A new rule from CMS finalizes three new mandatory bundled payment models for heart attack treatment, bypass surgery, and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment covered under Medicare, updates CMS' existing bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements, and announces a new Medicare accountable care organization track.

CMS finalizes new Medicare alternative payment models

December 21, 2016


A new rule from CMS finalizes three new mandatory bundled payment models for heart attack treatment, bypass surgery, and surgical hip and femur fracture treatment covered under Medicare, updates CMS' existing bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements, and announces a new Medicare accountable care organization track.

Top health care movers and shakers of 2016

December 19, 2016


From new ways to pay physicians under Medicare to a long-discussed legislative package aimed at supporting U.S. medical innovations, 2016 brought major health care reform efforts that could shape the U.S. health system for years to come. American Health Line breaks down our picks for the top players who shook up the industry in 2016.

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