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The repeal and replace bill: Medicaid's most dangerous enemy?

March 8, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The GOP's long-awaited bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is here--but its vision may be dangerously shortsighted.

CMS issues final rule for cardiac bundled payments

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

CMS released its latest episodic care models Tuesday, including the 90-day bundles for heart and bypass patients.

CMS to test new ACO model for dual-eligibles

December 18, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The pilot will let accountable care organizations manage the Medicaid claims for beneficiaries who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits.

What impact will Trump’s victory have on value-based healthcare?

November 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal and Heather Landi

As Republicans take control of the executive and legislative branches, how will the new Administration impact healthcare's initiatives and priorities? Healthcare information technology experts weigh in on key policy issues moving forward.

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.


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