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CMS to Allow ACOs to Join Forthcoming CPC+ Model

June 1, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened up its new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative to 1,500 eligible primary care practices currently in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Fee for value payment models: Preparing for tomorrow’s reality

February 17, 2016  |  Louis Lenzmeier, Senior Director, Business Development, MatrixCare

By Louis Lenzmeier, Senior Director, Business Development, MatrixCare

Bundled payment models are gaining momentum in long-term care as pilot programs begin to show their value. Read about the models that include post-acute care and...

CMS, AHIP release core quality measures to align documentation

February 16, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

CMS and major insurers will use the core measures to synchronize the way quality care is defined and measured, reducing the reporting burden on providers.

ACOs thwarted by lack of interoperability

January 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Accountable Care Organizations have spent the past four years struggling to achieve the goals that set them apart. But ACOs still don't have the one thing needed for success: data interoperability.

Joint Commission launches new certification for total hip and knee replacements

January 20, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Advanced certifications for certain joint replacement procedures could help the market bring quality to the fore from pre-op all the way to the rehabilitation center.

CMS launches ACO kidney dialysis model

October 9, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The new accountable care organization model creates a shared-cost program for end-stage renal disease.

Former ONC chief breathes new life into ACOs

August 12, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal

The former head of the Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT (ONC), Farzad Mostashari, is making big waves in the accountable care organization (ACO) arena. His year-old company has applied to launch ACOs in seven more states next year.

Pioneer ACOs: Study finds savings without sacrifice of quality

May 4, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Pioneer model of accountable care organization has saved about $385 million without sacrificing care quality, according to a newly published study in JAMA.

SGR fix ahead

March 17, 2015  |  Bob Gatty

Congress may solve the sustainable growth rate puzzle, but for the long term, it may not matter all that much.

Alzheimer's and memory care set to grow in 2015, providers say

March 12, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Alzheimer’s and memory care will be the areas of senior care that will experience the most growth in 2015, according to senior housing and services leaders responding to a new survey.

Medication adherence metrics are focus of PQA, AllazoHealth partnership

March 10, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Pharmacy Quality Alliance and AllazoHealth have formed a formal research partnership to study and improve industry-wide medication adherence metrics.

HHS creates forum related to payment models

March 3, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has formed the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network to help the federal government move toward greater use of alternative payment models.


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