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Senate unanimously passes Medicare chronic care bill

September 28, 2017

The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seeks to improve how Medicare pays for care and reduce costs in the long term.

Medicare shared savings ACOs cut spending by $1B over three years, OIG says

September 5, 2017

David Muhlestein, chief research officer at Leavitt Partners, says the findings from HHS' Office of Inspector General align with a growing body of research indicating that accountable care organizations (ACOs) are improving health care quality overall, even as individual ACO performance varies substantially.

Senate panel advances bill that aims to bolster Medicare beneficiaries' access to care

May 22, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office says existing Medicare funds would cover the bill's costs, meaning the measure would not increase federal spending.

Study spotlights high physician turnover in Pioneer ACO model

April 17, 2017

Observers say the study's findings raise questions about how accountable care organizations are structured and whether the organizations can lower health care costs while improving quality.

AHL Q&A: The transition to value-based payments 'can't come soon enough,' one doctor says

April 11, 2017

American Health Line's Josh Zeitlin spoke with Asaf Bitton, an internist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, about misconceptions about the primary care industry, the transition to value-based payment models, and more.

Survey highlights importance of physician engagement in ACOs

April 10, 2017

A new Health Affairs survey shows nearly half of physicians participating in Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs in 2015 did not know if they could receive shared savings or faced downside risk.

Small but growing number of ACOs assume downside risk amid MACRA incentives

March 7, 2017

Steven Shortell, a professor of health policy and management at the University of California-Berkeley, says, "More and more (ACOs) are assuming more risk" and predicts "that the pace of that change is going to accelerate."

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.

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