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Lured by MACRA bonuses, more Medicare ACOs venture into risk

Lured by MACRA bonuses, more Medicare ACOs venture into risk

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  March 04, 2017

When the Accountable Care Coalition of Southeast Texas and the Accountable Care Coalition of Chesapeake joined Medicare's Next Generation ACO model, they took on significant financial risk, but had more flexibility to change the way they cared for patients.

Back-end technology remains a challenge for MACRA rollout

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 21, 2016

HHS' Office of Inspector General says the CMS has made significant progress on implementing Medicare's new payment framework for physicians. But the watchdog agency also named technology systems as a critical challenge still ahead.

CMS unveils Medicare-Medicaid ACO model

CMS unveils Medicare-Medicaid ACO model

By Shelby Livingston  |  December 15, 2016

The CMS plans to enlist states in a new experiment allowing Medicare accountable care organizations to also manage Medicaid costs for patients who are enrolled in both programs.

Trump, MACRA top-of-mind for nation's healthcare lawyers

Trump, MACRA top-of-mind for nation's healthcare lawyers

By Shannon Muchmore  |  December 10, 2016

Leaders in all sectors of healthcare are scrambling to anticipate how the incoming Donald Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress will proceed with major issues like their promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act and implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Slavitt urges progress beyond the coverage gains made by ACA

Slavitt urges progress beyond the coverage gains made by ACA

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 01, 2016

In one of his final public appearances as the head of the CMS, Andy Slavitt said that losing any gains made by the Affordable Care Act will drive up long-term health care costs.. He also said future reform should aspire to reach universal coverage.

Docs' threats to leave Medicare could cause GOP to slow MACRA rollout

Docs' threats to leave Medicare could cause GOP to slow MACRA rollout

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 10, 2016

Physicians have pledged to retire or leave Medicare as a result of burdens placed on them by the recently finalized payment rule. That could spur Republicans, soon to be fully in charge of the government, to slow federal value-based payment efforts.

MACRA likely major topic at AHIP conference

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 22, 2016

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule released earlier this month includes funding to create and implement a core set of performance measures to be used by private and public insurers alike.

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