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Survey: Docs Agree Patients Undergo Too Many Medical Tests

May 9, 2014


A survey by the ABIM Foundation finds that while a majority of doctors believe that physicians order too many medical tests, 50% of them admitted doing so to acquiesce with an insistent patient.

Study: Fragmentation in Health Care System Could Raise Problems for Medicare ACOs

April 23, 2014


A recent JAMA study finds that nearly 66% of Medicare beneficiaries in 2010 and 2011 would have sought care from specialists outside of future ACO networks.

N.C. Turns to ACOs in Medicaid Revamp Proposal

February 28, 2014


State and federal officials have to approve the proposal, but it could take effect as early as July of 2015.

ACOs Show Varying Success in Managing Diabetes, Heart Disease

February 25, 2014


The data are available on the Physician Compare website.

White House Is Prioritizing Coordinated Care in 2014

February 4, 2014


The Obama administration plans to focus on delivery system reforms and the creation and advancement of ACOs in 2014.

ACO Savings Uneven Among Providers, CMS Data Show

January 31, 2014


CMS data show 29 of the 114 Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs saved enough to generate bonus payments, while nine of the 23 Pioneer ACOs reported savings.

Weekly Line: Rx Drug News Overlooked in a Week of ACA, SGR Madness

December 20, 2013


A review of health policy news from the week of December 16, weekend reads, Sunday shows and a look at what's happening next week.

MedPAC Considers Asking ACOs To Accept More Risk, Unifying Post-Acute Care Payments

November 11, 2013


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recently discussed moving experienced accountable care organizations to a savings and risk-sharing approach, as well as unifying post-acute care payments to skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

ACO Pediatric Pilot Program Delayed Because of Lack of Funding

November 7, 2013


A five-year nationwide demonstration project for a Medicaid accountable care organization that focuses on children has been delayed because of lack of funding.

Study: ACOs Typically Found in Markets With Higher Hospital-Physician Consolidation

October 10, 2013


A new study finds that accountable care organizations tend to operate in markets with higher consolidation by physicians and hospitals and that ACOs in five markets provide care to more than 50% of Medicare beneficiaries in the traditional fee-for-service program.
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