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More than 30 percent of MSSP ACOs generated shared savings in 2016

October 31, 2017


CMS data show an estimated 134—or about 31 percent—of 432 accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in its fifth performance year generated shared savings.

Most Pioneer, Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016, CMS data show

October 17, 2017


The CMS data show six of the eight accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participated in the Pioneer program for the 2016 performance generated shared savings, while 11 of 18 Next Generation ACOs generated shared savings in 2016.

Senate unanimously passes Medicare chronic care bill

September 28, 2017


The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act seeks to improve how Medicare pays for care and reduce costs in the long term.

Medicare shared savings ACOs cut spending by $1B over three years, OIG says

September 5, 2017


David Muhlestein, chief research officer at Leavitt Partners, says the findings from HHS' Office of Inspector General align with a growing body of research indicating that accountable care organizations (ACOs) are improving health care quality overall, even as individual ACO performance varies substantially.

Senate panel advances bill that aims to bolster Medicare beneficiaries' access to care

May 22, 2017


The Congressional Budget Office says existing Medicare funds would cover the bill's costs, meaning the measure would not increase federal spending.

Study spotlights high physician turnover in Pioneer ACO model

April 17, 2017


Observers say the study's findings raise questions about how accountable care organizations are structured and whether the organizations can lower health care costs while improving quality.

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.

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