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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.

Burwell touts Iowa-based ACO as example for others

July 20, 2016


The accountable care organization (ACO) is one of few ACOs that broke even financially and continued to be a part of the federal ACO program during the initiative's first few years.

Three ACOs drop out of Next Generation model

July 19, 2016


At least two of the accountable care organizations say they were unlikely to meet federal financial metrics.

Study details how one ACO saved more than $10M under MSSP

June 28, 2016


The study notes that while most accountable care organizations (ACOs) in Medicare's Shared Savings Program have not earned shared savings in their first performance years, HackensackAlliance ACO saved more than $10 million and received $5.2 million in shared savings.

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