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North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

North Carolina health systems consider starting insurance plans

By Bob Herman  |  July 21, 2015

One large health system in North Carolina is ready to launch a Medicare Advantage plan, while two others are mulling the pros and cons of becoming a payer. The state is a microcosm of health system discussions across the nation.

Technology expertise key for ACO growth

By Michael Sandler  |  July 11, 2015

The estimated number of Americans covered by accountable care organizations shot up 30.7% between 2014 and 2015, while the total number of ACOs ticked up only slightly from 726 to 738, according to Modern Healthcare's annual list of ACOs by state.

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions to acquire Sage Technologies

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 24, 2015

Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a provider of software that analyzes and aggregates electronic health-record data, has acquired Sage Technologies, which makes management and analytics software for managed-care businesses and accountable care organizations.

CMS eases skilled-nursing rules for some ACOs

By Melanie Evans  |  June 16, 2015

New Medicare rules could decrease incentives for hospital overuse and curb visits to low-quality nursing homes. The same rules, however, could boost incentives for misuse of costly skilled-nursing care.

New CMO to lead Summa Health physician group, ACO

New CMO to lead Summa Health physician group, ACO

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 15, 2015

Dr. Matthew Wayne has been named CMO of Akron, Ohio-based Summa Health's physician group and NewHealth Collaborative, the system's accountable care organization.

CMS tries more flexible rules to keep ACOs on board

By Bob Herman and Virgil Dickson  |  June 06, 2015

The CMS is offering more flexibility to Medicare accountable care organizations under a new final rule. The revisions are intended to maintain the program's rigor while retaining providers.

ACOs say Medicare rule doesn't bend far enough

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 05, 2015

Despite the Obama administration's efforts to retain and attract participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations, some may walk away because the agency failed to budge on some of their concerns.

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