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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.

CMS gives providers more ways to enroll in alternative payment models

CMS gives providers more ways to enroll in alternative payment models

By Shannon Muchmore  |  October 25, 2016

The Obama administration announced continued progress toward meeting its goal of tying half of all healthcare payments to alternative payment models by the end of 2018. The agency also answered providers' calls for more opportunities to participate in alternative models.

Wash. gets tentative OK for 'accountable health communities' waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 22, 2016

The CMS has granted Washington state preliminary approval to overhaul its Medicaid program. As part of the five-year waiver, for which it will receive $1.5 billion in federal funding, the state will launch delivery-system reform initiatives, leverage partnerships between providers and social groups...

Trump could boost Medicaid expansion by swaying down-ballot state elections

Trump could boost Medicaid expansion by swaying down-ballot state elections

By Harris Meyer  |  October 14, 2016

November's gubernatorial and state legislative races in a number of states carry high stakes for millions of Americans who either could gain coverage under Medicaid expansion or lose coverage under any rollback. Those outcomes could be affected by the presidential race.

Iowa DHS not tracking extra Medicaid benefits praised by governor

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2016

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has highlighted extra benefits under Iowa's new Medicaid program to show the privatized system functions better than the former state-run setup, but the agency overseeing Medicaid acknowledges it knows little about how the so-called value-added services are actually working...

Best Practices: Treating dental care as healthcare

Best Practices: Treating dental care as healthcare

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  October 08, 2016

For the most part, the U.S. healthcare system treats oral health and medical health as separate areas of care, but some providers are going against the grain and seeing profound benefits for patients.

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