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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.

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.

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