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Survey: Many ACOs could drop out of program under MACRA proposed rule

May 27, 2016


The proposed rule excludes certain alternative payment models, including Track 1 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which participants say could cause them to leave the Medicare accountable care organization program.

Early results mixed for MSSP ACOs, study finds

April 20, 2016


The study suggests accountable care organizations with higher initial spending are more likely to have higher overall savings.

Hospitals offer wellness program incentives to keep employees enrolled, health costs down

April 8, 2016


Cleveland Clinic, which is among the large health systems experimenting with new wellness initiatives, offers employees several wellness options, including disease management programs for workers with chronic conditions such as hypertension or asthma.

Health care organizations comment on proposed ACO benchmark changes

April 7, 2016


Dignity Health says the changes, "if executed correctly," could bring new participants into the Medicare Shared Savings Program and bolster its long-term viability.

Obama admin reaches 2016 value-based payments goal

March 4, 2016


CMS CMO Patrick Conway says the Obama administration reached its goal of making 30 percent of Medicare payments through value-based payment models nearly a year ahead of its target date.

Stakeholders Comment on Proposals To Improve Medicare Chronic Care Management

February 2, 2016


The proposals, which include eliminating geographic restrictions for telehealth coverage and creating a new billing code for chronic care management, are included in a Senate Finance Committee working group's report on the management of care for Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions.

CMS Proposes Changes to Certain ACO Benchmarks

January 29, 2016


Under a proposed rule, CMS would compare accountable care organization spending with trends in regional fee-for-service costs to determine whether ACOs have saved money.

CMS Announces 21 Next Generation ACO Participants

January 12, 2016


CMS' four accountable care programs now include 477 organizations, which will provide care for a total of about 8.9 million Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS Updates Quality Data on Hospital, Physician Compare Websites

December 11, 2015


The addition of individual physician performance data to the Physician Compare website comes amid criticism from the American Medical Association.

Medicaid Association To Launch Value-Based Purchasing Analysis

December 1, 2015


The National Association of Medicaid Directors says it is important for CMS to recognize that fundamental differences between Medicaid and Medicare affect how alternative payment models are designed and implemented.

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