MedPAC signals support for telehealth in risk-based payment models

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Friday discussed principles to guide the expansion of Medicare telehealth coverage. The 21st Century Cures Act of 2016 requires the commission to report to Congress on how Medicare telehealth coverage might be expanded. During the meeting, commissioners voiced... read more

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

AHA urges improved guidance for tax-exempt hospitals

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The AHA today urged the Department of Treasury to issue guidance clarifying that hospitals are promoting health for the benefit of the community as a whole when they address housing, nutrition, transportation and other social determinants of health. “We urge issuance of formal guidance recognizing what... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, socioeconomic status, Community benefit, ACO

Reminder: May 31 deadline to apply for MSSP, SNF three-day rule waiver

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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations that wish to participate in the Shared Savings Program, skilled nursing facility three-day rule waiver and Track 1+ model beginning Jan. 1 must submit a notice of intent to apply by 12 p.m. ET on May 31. For more information and guidance on submitting a notice of... read more

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

Senate Finance Committee passes chronic care bill

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The Senate Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve the CHRONIC Care Act (S. 870), legislation to improve care management, coordination and outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Among other provisions, the bill would extend the Independence at Home demonstration; provide... read more

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

CMS: May 31 deadline to apply for MSSP, SNF three-day rule waiver

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Medicare Accountable Care Organizations that wish to participate in the Shared Savings Program, skilled nursing facility three-day rule waiver and Track 1+ model beginning Jan. 1 must submit a notice of intent to apply by 12 p.m. ET on May 31. For more information and guidance on submitting a notice of... read more

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

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

Collaboration transforming America's health care, says Hood

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

 AHA board member Michelle Hood puts a priority on collaboration and on transforming the delivery system toward a fee-for-value model that uses coordinated care and integrated delivery mechanisms to build a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, rural, ACO, leadership, members, care coordination

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 seeks applications for Next Generation ACO model

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has opened its online application portal for participation in the 2018 Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. Organizations that wish to participate must submit a non-binding Letter of Intent by May 4. Applications are then to be submitted in two... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, ACO

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