The CMS is expected to issue final regulations soon that could significantly affect whether hospitals and doctors remain willing to participate in Medicare's accountable care program.
Dr. Steven Strongwater has been tapped to serve as the next president and CEO of Atrius Health, a Pioneer accountable care organization and nonprofit multi-specialty medical group serving eastern Massachusetts.
The greater Phoenix metropolitan area is home to some of the nation's most dynamic and innovative healthcare systems.
Few things are constant these days in the ever-changing world of healthcare, but there's one incontestable certainty in the mind of every leader responsible for plotting the strategic direction of a hospital or health system: Value-based payment is here—and it's here to stay.
In 2005, Dr. Robert Sawicki and his staff at OSF HealthCare, based in Peoria, Ill., decided they needed to do a better job of caring for terminally ill patients. OSF launched a palliative-care program that year, and has since made it an integral part of its accountable care organization structure.
It's a tough challenge to engage academic physicians in managing the health of an enrolled patient population.
Medicare's 32 Pioneer accountable care organizations posted mixed results after two years, revealing once again that making money from care coordination is proving a heavy lift for most provider organizations.
Touting $380 million in savings from the Affordable Care Act's first test of accountable care, Medicare says the pilot did well enough to expand. But it's unclear how others can replicate the success.
A major employer purchasing group will report this week on how much Medicare actually spends on value-based care, even as HHS has promised to greatly expand that payment model.
Every year, the National Committee for Quality Assurance releases an annual State of Health Care Quality report. While the most recent report shows disappointing progress in key areas, it serves as an excellent blueprint to track where our healthcare system is making progress and identifies where...
The ability to analyze massive amounts of data for improved outcomes, both financial and clinical, has a limitation: inaccurate data. Bad data, or dirty data as it is often called, are the Achilles' heel of actionable information. Unfortunately, in healthcare, there's too much of it.
Dr. Patrick Conway, CMO and acting principal deputy administrator at the CMS, says the Obama administration's push to transform the healthcare system is yielding real results, even as some providers have struggled as the agency tinkers with the frameworks and benchmarks of its new models.