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CMS Finalizes New ACO Rule, Expects 90% Program Retention

June 5, 2015

The new Medicare Shared Savings Program rule offers accountable care organizations an extra three years before imposing penalties and an additional track to assume more financial risk of patient care.

Expected Final ACO Program Rule Could Have High Stakes for MSSP Participation

June 1, 2015

Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs, says many accountable care organizations are "waiting" for the final rule and are "just as uncertain now as they were six months ago as to whether they will stay" in the program.

Experts: Pioneer ACO Success Might Be Difficult To Follow

May 7, 2015

Experts question if other groups would experience the same benefits as Pioneer ACOs.

CMS: Pioneer ACO Program Saved Nearly $400M Over Two Years; Program Will Expand

May 5, 2015

Overall, slower spending growth in Pioneer ACOs generates about $280 million in savings in 2012 and $105 million in savings in 2013.

Report: Number of ACOs Increased in 2014

April 27, 2015

According to the analysis, almost 70% of U.S. residents now live in a region served by an accountable care organization, while 44% live in an area with at least two ACOs.

CMS Announces 'Next Generation' ACOs

March 11, 2015

In a significant departure from existing accountable care organization models, patients participating in the new model will be able to voluntarily sign up for ACOs in exchange for reduced or no copayments for certain services.

Health Care Orgs Urge Further Changes to Medicare Shared Savings Program

February 9, 2015

The groups offer several recommendations to CMS for improving Medicare Shared Savings Program beyond what was detailed in a proposed rule.

HHS Announces Initiative To Move Toward More Alternative Payment Models

January 27, 2015

By the end of 2016, Medicare aims to make 30% of all payments through alternate payment models, such as accountable care organizations and bundled payments, and tie 85% of fee-for-service hospital payments to quality or value.  

89 New ACOs To Join Medicare Shared Savings Program in January

December 23, 2014

The new participants will bring the total number of accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to 405.

HHS Grants $665M to States for Innovation Models

December 17, 2014

The funding follows a similar HHS effort launched last year.

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