Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but few of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs qualified for bonuses in the second year results of the program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But the financial metrics only tell some of the story, according to ACO leaders interviewed this morning.
For the most part industry experts are pleased with the changes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid made to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which provides more options and opportunities for accountable care organizations to participate in the risk-backed shared savings initiative. But others say that some of the policy changes are lopsided and unfair to ACOs in the lower-risk options.
The shift to value-based care has spurred interest in improving preventive care, so a task force convened by the Bipartisan Policy Center developed several recommendations in a recent report to help providers pursue this goal.
Only a handful of several community groups that received federal reimbursements for curbing preventable readmissions have delivered better results than programs that were not part of the initiative, according to partial results revealed in a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services report.
As same-sex marriage rights expand around the country, it's time for medical facilities to follow suit when it comes to the rights of patients and their spouses, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed.
Efforts to prevent hospital-acquired conditions have paid off in a big way, with a new government report estimating that the steps hospitals took to reduce the adverse events resulted in 50,000 fewer patient deaths between 2011 and 2013.
Add hospitalists to the growing list of medical professionals who are c oncerned about the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which didn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
Hospitals will save approximately $660 million a year thanks to a new government rule that removes unnecessary, obsolete or burdensome regulations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
In a crucial milestone, HealthCare.gov topped 6 million sign-ups, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a blog post.