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Studies underscore importance of nuances, time in judging ACOs

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  February 13, 2017

Post-acute care is fertile ground for ACOs to reduce spending, one study discovered. Meanwhile, when states use contrasting approaches for Medicaid ACOs, there won't necessarily be a clear winner, found another.

A tale of two accountable care organizations

A tale of two accountable care organizations

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  February 04, 2017

The accountable care organization is loosely defined as a collection of doctors, hospitals and other providers who agree to take financial responsibility for the quality of care. Proponents argue they have great potential to improve healthcare value.

CMS survey of patients under MIPS not likely to shed light

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2016

The CMS next year will ask Medicare beneficiaries how their providers are doing under new payment models aimed at improving the quality of care while lowering cost. But critics say it's not likely to help consumers.

ACA faces challenges in moving healthcare from volume to value

ACA faces challenges in moving healthcare from volume to value

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 01, 2016

Experts speaking this week at a University of Chicago symposium on the Affordable Care Act agree the healthcare law is a step toward fixing a broken system by incentivizing physicians to produce better outcomes, but on the road to paying for value instead of volume, the industry has miles to go.

Vermont's all-payer ACO set to start in January

Vermont's all-payer ACO set to start in January

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 29, 2016

The program is modeled after a similar one from Maryland that covers only hospitals. The Vermont ACO will cover Medicare, Medicaid and commercial payers, requiring those who participate to pay similar rates for all services.

Vermont's all-payer ACO will begin in January

Vermont's all-payer ACO will begin in January

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 26, 2016

In January, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to move to a voluntary all-payer accountable care organization model, the CMS announced Wednesday. The Vermont program is modeled after a similar one from Maryland, but the Maryland program covers only hospitals.

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