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  • ACO Savings Not Driven By Reduced Hospitalizations

    January 07, 2018

    Researchers at Harvard Medical School, found hospitalizations overall didn't decline for patients in the Medicare Shared Savings program over a three-year period. In 2012, hospitalizations among ACO patients dropped by 1.6%, but in 2013 hospitalizations fell only by 0.7% and in 2014

  • How Many Medicare Beneficiaries Are Enrolled In An ACO 2017?

    December 13, 2017

    As of 2017, CMS reports that there are over 10 million beneficiaries attributed to a Medicare ACO, including 9 million in MSSP ACOs and 1.4 million in Next Generation ACOs.

  • Six Ways Health Systems Are Transitioning Into Value-Based Models

    December 13, 2017

    One-size does not fit all when it comes to health systems addressing the transition from fee-for-service to value. Learn how six different health systems have different approaches to achieve their goals.

  • ACO Care Continuum: Integrating Hospice and Palliative Care to Improve End-of-Life Care

    September 08, 2017

    The ACO model has the right incentives to reduce variation, spur innovation, and improve quality in end-of-life (EOL) care. It also gives providers

  • Trend #2 Palliative Care & ACOs

    June 26, 2017

    A home-based palliative care (HBPC) program tested within an accountable care organization (ACO) demonstrated substantial cost savings and reduced hospital admissions for patients near the end of life, according to a Journal of Palliative Medicine study.

  • Trend #3 Growth in Outpatient Services

    June 26, 2017

    The growth in outpatient services will spur growth for PAC providers. Hospital and physician market trends provide the strongest indicators to begin pushing this up the ladder of your strategic priorities.

  • How Do ACOs Address The Non-Medical Needs Of Patients?

    April 10, 2017

    ACO leaders identify and provide insights to how they are addressing the non-medical needs of patients. We explore key areas of transportation, housing and food insecurities. We take a look at CMS’ solutions and ways to solve barriers.

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  • The Increase In ACOs Signifies The Market Is Transitioning Away From Fee-For-Service

    April 10, 2017

    The growth in the number of ACOs and alternative payment models (APMs) is advancing rapidly. Learn which models are accelerating the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care.

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  • New ACO Focuses On Managing High-Risk Patient Population

    March 31, 2017

    Some of the highest-need, highest risk Medicare beneficiaries are those enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid.  In current Medicare ACO initiatives, beneficiaries who are Medicare-Medicaid enrollees may be attributed to ACOs.

    The Medicare ACO, however, does not have financial

  • The Great Debate: Addressing Social Risk Factors In Valued-Based Models

    March 31, 2017

    Changes in healthcare financing are requiring health systems to address social factors that directly impact patients’ health. 

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