AHA trustee Hochman says better behavioral health care is a national priority

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, acquisitions, population health, ACO, governance, leadership, clinical integration

CMS webinar March 22 on new Medicare ACO model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a March 22 webinar on the Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1+ Model, which will begin in 2018. Announced in December, the model will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, ACO

CMS announces new alternative payment model participants

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More than 359,000 clinicians have agreed to participate in four alternative payment models in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program grew by a net 47 to 480, including 26 Track 3 ACOs waived from the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, ACO

Study: ACO-affiliated hospitals reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs faster

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Hospitals participating in Medicare accountable care organizations reduced rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities faster than other hospitals after the program was initiated, according to a study published last week in Health Affairs. The study compared rehospitalization rates between 2007 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, ACO

CMS announces new Medicare ACO Track 1+ Model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced the creation of a Medicare Accountable Care Organization Track 1+ Model. The new model will qualify as an advanced alternative payment model under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act by incorporating more downside risk than is... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare

Groups submit recommendations for proposed Track 1+ ACO model

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The AHA and nine other organizations representing physicians, hospitals, medical group practices, academic medical centers and nearly all existing accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program today submitted joint comments and recommendations for developing a new Medicare ACO... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, Medicare, ACO

CMS seeks to test ACO model for dual-eligible beneficiaries in up to six states

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will partner with up to six states to test a new accountable care organization model for beneficiaries eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. CMS is accepting letters of intent from states that wish to work with the agency to design certain state-specific... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, Medicare, Medicaid, ACO

MedPAC discusses policy options related to consolidation

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission today discussed potential Medicare policy responses to consolidation and integration in the health care market, ranging from expanding site-neutral payment to making it easier for providers to participate in accountable care organizations. Commissioners had varying... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, consolidation, Medicare, nurses, emergency care

CMS issues 2015 performance data for Medicare ACOs

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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations qualified for more than $466 million in shared savings in 2015 by meeting quality standards and their savings threshold, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Eight Pioneer ACOs generated more than $37 million in shared savings and four... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, physicians, Medicare, ACO

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

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The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

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