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CMS approves Mass. Medicaid waiver

November 9, 2016


Under the five-year waiver Massachusetts will shift its Medicaid program from a fee-for-service model to a system of accountable care organizations.

Vt. to launch all-payer health care model

October 28, 2016


The all-payer model will be used as a test to determine whether tying health care payments to health outcomes, instead of the current fee-for-service payment model, improves care quality.

Stakeholders split on MACRA final rule

October 18, 2016


Reaction to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule is mixed, with some stakeholders applauding the rule's added flexibility and others raising concern that going forward CMS might continue to kick certain requirements down the road, like it has done with the meaningful use program.

In the states: A new Calif.-based ACO, mental health education requirements in N.Y., and more

October 6, 2016


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Vt., CMS reach preliminary agreement on all-payer health care model

September 30, 2016


If the draft agreement is finalized, Vermont will be the first state to adopt an all-payer health care system that would cover all providers.

House lawmakers introduce bill to ease MSSP restrictions

September 27, 2016


American Medical Group Association President and CEO Donald Fisher says the legislation's "suggested policy changes are a positive step that will improve the long-term viability of the" Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Report highlights progress under CMS' State Innovation Models

September 14, 2016


CMS CMO Patrick Conway says the report "shows both progress in states being catalysts for health care transformation and the value of CMS' collaboration with states."

CMS to let providers 'pick their pace' for complying with MACRA payment reforms

September 9, 2016


CMS plans to give providers four new options for the level and pace at which they comply with payment reforms called for under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

ACOs saved $466M in 2015, CMS says

August 26, 2016


New CMS data show that just one-third of the more than 400 accountable care organizations in Medicare's Pioneer ACO and Medicare Shared Savings programs generated enough savings to receive bonus payments.

Experts at odds over ACOs' efficacy

August 19, 2016


Some experts say accountable care organizations have not resulted in savings, while others say it is too early to make a conclusion.

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