Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

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CMS releases first ACO outcomes data

Accountable care organizations have had varied success so far with diabetes and heart disease patients, according to a  Kaiser Health News  analysis of Medicare data.

Palliative care adds value, lowers costs in ACOs

Insurers may want to focus on palliative care for members participating in their accountable care organizations. Palliative care services provided to dying patients lower costs by reducing the use of  ICUs, emergency departments and general hospital care, according to a Health Affairs blog post.

White House pushes ACO expansion in 2014

The Obama administration will step up efforts to push accountable care organizations (ACOs) this year, according to MedPageToday.

Lawmakers propose ACO alternative

Proposed legislation would target how Medicare treats patients with chronic illnesses, which supporters of the bill say would create a more effective and efficient coordinated care process, according to  Medscape.

CMS: Medicare and Pioneer ACOs saved $380M

Accountable care organizations  yielded promising results in 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services claimed in a statement released Thursday.

Former CMS chiefs introduce SGR repeal compromise

Several former Medicare administrators have proposed a compromise on the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for Medicare payments. Their plan calls for a five-year suspension of the SGR rather than lawmakers permanently repealing it, according to MedPageToday.

Black Book: Payers leading snub of public HIEs

As federal funds supporting health information exchanges dry up, 83 percent of the nation's public HIEs are stalling, according to a new report from Black Book.

Gaps found in ACOs' use of medications to meet goals

A study to evaluate whether accountable care organizations (ACOs) are prepared to maximize the value of medications to achieve quality benchmarks and cost offsets found high readiness in some areas,...

ACO-style care linked to drop in inpatient use

Accountable care organizations are already having major effects on hospital inpatient use, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Technology at center of efforts to control costs, improve care

Technology that helps healthcare providers provide care more efficiently will be among the factors containing the cost of healthcare in the United States, according to an article from The...