Top health plans and providers in California have joined an effort to use a unified, standard set of quality performance measures for accountable care organization reporting and ease the administrative burden on clinicians.
A new study finds Medicare's accountable care organizations didn't reduce inpatient stays despite the program's emphasis on tackling that issue.
Accountable care organizations and patient-centered models are effectively moving the needle on cost and quality away from traditional fee-for-service medicine and are worthy of expansion—even as they experience growing pains.
Transforming from fee-for-service medicine to innovative, value-driven care is a behemoth task. The process is lengthy, resource-intensive, and requires extraordinary commitment from leaders, staff, and care providers. Committed organizations must often make significant changes to their strategic...
Although Medicare accountable care organizations generated $652 million in savings last year, the CMS still took a loss on the program as most ACOs were unprepared to take on riskier contracts.
Accountable care organizations are slowly entering more risk-based contracts, but delivery system reform isn't keeping pace with payment model changes.
Employers are still lukewarm on the concept of ACOs, and a Georgia flooring company has found success limiting cost growth without one.
Accountable care organizations in the CMS' Medicare shared-savings program reduced spending by about $1 billion in the first three years, while also improving quality of care, according to a report by HHS' OIG.
The CMS is seeking to address a long-standing provider complaint about ACOs by providing them more certainty on which patients they'll be evaluated on.
UMass Memorial, one of six provider groups in Massachusetts' Medicaid ACO pilot, will not continue with the upcoming larger initiative.
Hailed as one of the primary vehicles for driving the industry away from fee-for-service arrangements, accountable care organizations now cover roughly 10% of the U.S. population, according to Leavitt Partners and the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative.
Rhode Island's Medicaid managed-care program improved after the state launched Medicaid accountable-care organizations. Medicaid plans oversee groups of providers that are responsible for performing well on quality, outcomes and cost.