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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Paying for Poor Choices
Early this year former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers made a case for taxing sugary drinks and cigarettes to deter individuals from consuming products that lead to obesity and chronic disease. Taxing such products could gain importance as policy makers consider comprehensive coverage policies such as “Medicare for all.” The reason is based both on principle […]Read More >
Health Affairs Releases “Half A Decade In, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Are Generating Net Savings” A Two-Part Health Affairs Blog
Washington, DC, September 21, 2018 – A Medicare program begun in 2012 to coordinate health care and be accountable for patients’ health saved Medicare $313 million in 2017, the first time the program generated net savings for the federal government, a two-part blog post released Thursday and Friday by Health Affairs reports. The post, by […]Read More >
With CMS Demanding More Accountability in the MSSP, Will It Be ‘ACOs Overboard’?
Managed Care magazine article entitled “With CMS Demanding More Accountability in the MSSP, Will It Be ‘ACOs Overboard’?” cites the “Medicare Accountable Care Organization Results For 2016: Seeing Improvement, Transformation Takes Time” Health Affairs Blog. The article states: “Evidence is mounting that the longer an ACO works with risk, the better it becomes at managing […]Read More >
Recent Progress In The Value Journey: Growth Of ACOs And Value-Based Payment Models In 2018
A Becker’s Hospital Review article entitled “Medicare is driving ACO growth: 4 report findings” highlights four key findings for the “Recent Progress In The Value Journey: Growth Of ACOs And Value-Based Payment Models In 2018” Health Affairs Blog. The findings include: 1) There were 1,477 ACO contracts at the end of the first quarter of […]Read More >
ACO Program Trump Targeted for Change Saved $314M, Data Show
David Muhlestein commented on the 2017 MSSP results for a POLITICO Pro article entitled “ACO program Trump targeted for change saved $314M, data show.” According to David, ACOs bearing risk “tend to be those that are doing the hard work of changing the delivery of care.” David said, “There are lots that are just in […]Read More >
Do Proposed Quality Payment Program Changes Support Specialists?
A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “Do Proposed Quality Payment Program Changes Support Specialists?” references the Leavitt Partners “Medicare Alternative Payment Models: Not Every Provider Has a Path Forward” white paper. The article states, “Despite a handful of specialty-focused alternative payment models, Medicare still only offers models to a limited number of provider types, Leavitt Partners found […]Read More >
After a Slow 2017, ACOs Grow and Expand Their Contracts in 2018
A RevCycleIntelligence article entitled “After a Slow 2017, ACOs Grow and Expand Their Contracts in 2018” highlights the Leavitt Partners “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Grown of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018” Health Affairs blog. The article provides an overview of the blog’s major findings and takeaways and includes three of the […]Read More >
Health Affairs Releases “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Growth of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018” Blog Post
Salt Lake City, August 14, 2018 –Today, Health Affairs released “Recent Progress in the Value Journey: Grown of ACOs and Value-Based Payment Models in 2018,” a blog presenting figures on accountable care organization (ACO) and value-based payment (VBP) adoption from the past year and discusses the implications of these trends for the future. The post […]Read More >