The recent article “Two more Pioneer ACOs exit as new CMS model emerges” raises good questions about why half of the original 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations have dropped out of the program.
Skilled-nursing facilities are seeking more say in how they contract with accountable care organizations as a new CMS rule for ACOs loosens the coverage policy for some Medicare patients, experts say.
Medicare's most ambitious accountable care effort will enter its final year with half the participants that began the program. Massachusetts providers Steward Health Care System and Mount Auburn Cambridge Independent Practice Association have withdrawn.
More than three years after the launch of the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations, HHS finalized waivers that help participants avoid tripping federal laws that police financial relationships among physicians and hospitals.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has pulled out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization initiative, which has lost nearly half of its 32 original participants.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is the latest to pull out of the CMS Innovation Center's Pioneer ACO initiative, Medicare's earliest and most aggressive test of accountable care, which has lost nearly half its initial cohort.
Providers and insurers need to do a better job of reaching patients and employers to help private accountable care organizations achieve lower costs and higher quality, according to physician executives at four large health insurance companies.
We face a Medicare crisis. Millions of baby boomers are reaching an age where they depend on the program to meet their healthcare needs. At the same time, the government is still struggling to control healthcare costs. This isn't a new problem, but it is one that we must approach strategically and...
Keeping people out of the hospital is a primary goal of Medicare accountable care. For the most financially successful ACOs, however, that proved difficult last year, even with money on the line.
Making sound choices as a healthcare consumer might be even harder than we thought, a new study suggests. That's discouraging news for hospitals and doctors, as high-deductible plans grow more common. Consumers are skipping care rather than shopping around.
Medicare's investment in accountable care organizations has inspired hospitals and doctors to create their own versions of ACOs with private insurers. But as with Medicare, not all private ACOs are achieving lower costs and higher quality.
Universal American said last week that it would sell its traditional insurance business to focus on a business line that's losing money: accountable care organizations.