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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.

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.

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