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CMS Proposes Three-Year Delay for ACO Penalties

December 2, 2014


In an effort to discourage accountable care organizations from dropping out of its Medicare Shared Savings Program, CMS releases a proposed rule that would give participants an additional three years before imposing penalties.

HHS Extends Anti-Kickback, Physician Self-Referral Law Waivers for ACOs

October 20, 2014


The waivers now will last through Nov. 2, 2015.

CMS Unveils New Type of ACO

October 16, 2014


The new ACO Investment Model will invest up to $114 million in infrastructure and redesigned care processes at up to 75 participants of the Medicare Shared Savings Program. 

CMS Releases Pioneer ACO Performance Results

October 9, 2014


In the first year, some Pioneer accountable care organizations slowed spending relative to their benchmarks by about 7%, while others accelerated spending by as much as 5%.

HHS OIG: Change Fraud, Abuse Regs To Encourage Care Coordination, Innovation

October 7, 2014


HHS OIG is accepting comments on the proposed rule for 60 days.

Another Three ACOs Drop Out of Pioneer Program

September 26, 2014


Medicare's Pioneer ACO program started with 32 elite organizations but is now down to 19.

One in Four ACOs Saved Money, CMS Says

September 17, 2014


Altogether, 64 Medicare accountable care organizations saved the program $817 million, according to data released by CMS yesterday.

Could Kaiser Permanente Be the New Model for Care Under the ACA?

August 7, 2014


The idea is gaining traction, but some observers remain skeptical of Kaiser Permanente's system.

Survey: BCBSA Insurers Invest $65B in Innovative Care Payment Models

July 10, 2014


The new care models, ranging from patient-centered medical homes to accountable care organizations, are linked to improved patient outcomes and reduced health care costs.

Report: Several States Turning to Medicaid ACOs To Reduce Costs

July 7, 2014


The state Medicaid ACO programs are similar to current ACO programs involving Medicare and private insurers, although the exact rules vary significantly by state.
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