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Providers see little enthusiasm to join Pioneer ACOs
By Melanie Evans | September 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal officials are floating the idea of expanding Medicare's Pioneer model for accountable care organizations, but they might struggle to recruit any new participants.

Providers wary of Medicare kidney-care ACO initiative
By Sabriya Rice | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kidney-care providers are raising questions about the payment provisions and quality measures to be used in a Medicare initiative scheduled to start in January that will test accountable care models for patients with end-stage renal disease.

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Defense contractors storm the Obamacare contract beach
By Bob Herman | August 28, 2014
HHS' Office of Inspector General released a report this week showing a chorus of companies is being paid to build and maintain The familiar names were there, but two companies in particular raised an eyebrow.

Population health management requires excellence in the basics
By Nathan Kaufman | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The concept of population health management is necessary, important and good, but the healthcare industry's current assumptions about the benefits of assuming global risk is déjà vu all over again.

New York's Mount Sinai, upstate physician group create alliance
By Bob Herman | August 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Mount Sinai Health System in New York City is taking its population health network beyond the city's fabled five boroughs to create a partnership with Crystal Run Healthcare.

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Reform Update: Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive
By Andis Robeznieks | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Primary care is a foundation of healthcare reform efforts, and patient-centered medical homes are one of the delivery system innovations encouraged by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But recent studies present a mixed picture of the effectiveness of medical homes in improving...

Reform Update: Political season injects variables into healthcare agenda
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The dynamics of healthcare reform may wildly change in the weeks ahead. The congressional calendar calls for a short legislative session followed by nonstop campaigning, a November election followed by a lame-duck session, and then finally the seating of a new Congress that could feature a shift in...

ACOs not adopting advanced health IT tools, citing cost concerns, survey finds
By Bloomberg BNA | August 14, 2014
The majority of accountable care organizations have not progressed from simply collecting health data electronically to using electronic data for analysis and care coordination, according to preliminary results of a survey released by the eHealth Initiative and the research group Premier.

DaVita's CMO Nissenson on Medicare renal ACOs, improving care
By Modern Healthcare | August 09, 2014
Dr. Allen Nissenson, CMO for Denver-based DaVita Kidney Care, a division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, says his organization believes in the ACO approach and plans to take part in coming Medicare accountable care pilot programs, though there are concerns about financing and regulation.

Morphing healthcare market forces top execs to retool their skills
By Melanie Evans | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Healthcare executive jobs are morphing as the marketplace—driven by new financial incentives in the ACA and risk-based contracting—forces providers to overhaul their processes in an attempt to deliver higher-quality care at lower cost.



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