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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.

CMS will allow MSSP ACOs to participate in new value-based primary care model

June 3, 2016

The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model is part of the Obama administration's larger efforts to shift the U.S. health care system from a traditional fee-for-service system to a value-based model.

Recent IRS ruling could provide obstacle for non-Medicare ACOs, experts say

June 1, 2016

In the ruling, IRS says an accountable care organization that coordinates care for privately insured patients does not meet the standards to qualify for tax-exempt status.

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.

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