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Medicare ACOs saved $411M in 2014, but few earned bonuses

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. 

More flexibility, options under Medicare ACO final rule

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.  

Bipartisan Policy Center issues preventive care recommendations

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.

Early results show slow progress in CMS readmissions programs

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.

CMS proposed rule would require all hospitals to recognize gay marriage

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.

Drop in HACs saves thousands of lives, $12B in costs

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.  

Hospitalists: Two-midnight rule has negative impact on patient care, finances

Add hospitalists to the growing list of  medical professionals who are c oncerned about the federal government requirements for short inpatient stays.

Mixed reactions to CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

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.

CMS eliminates outdated rules, projects provider savings of $660M a year

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.

HealthCare.gov enrollments surpass 6M as sign-up deadline approaches

In a crucial milestone, HealthCare.gov topped 6 million sign-ups, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a blog post.