Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Pioneer ACOs: Study finds savings without sacrifice of quality

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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SGR fix ahead

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

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

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.

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Medication adherence metrics are focus of PQA, AllazoHealth partnership

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

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HHS creates forum related to payment models

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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HHS to shift payment from volume to value

Providers will be paid by the federal government based on care quality rather than care quantity under new, measurable goals announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Monday.

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Care quality, coordination is focus of new ACO model

A new model of accountable care organization will aim to improve care quality and coordination in rural and underserved areas through the use of health information technology.

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CMS may require meaningful use-certified EHRs for chronic care services

A new CMS proposed rule could bring the Meaningful Use EHR program to the realm of long-term care in a meaningful way.

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LTPAC technology roadmap 2014-2016: It’s all about getting connected

The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Collaborative is putting the final touches on its 2014-2016 Roadmap for technology adoption in the long-term/post-acute industry this week, and it's about a lot more than electronic medical records.

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Should pharmacists be considered providers?

The Social Security Act says that pharmacists aren't providers. But many in the healthcare industry are now saying the expanded role of pharmacists, especially in long-term care, deserves another look.

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