Three additional ACOs left the Pio neer program this month, leaving just over half of the original 32 participants.
Leaders at Aetna and Banner Health Network report they have received some $5 million in Medicare Shared Savings funding for their successful accountable care collaboration in 2013, according to Heraldonline.com.
Accountable care organizations are the focus of a new accreditation program launched this week by the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a nonprofit standards development group.
Malpractice experts point out the ways accountable care organizations could be vulnerable to malpractice litigation, according to Oncology Practice.
The challenges facing healthcare organizations, including rising rates of chronic disease, clinician shortages and an aging population, require strong leadership--and new research presented by the American College of Physicians finds physicians fit the bill.
Medical practices have long priority lists. And, no disrespect, but they also have a notorious reputation for putting necessary changes off until the last minute. For example, when I first started writing about physician practices in the early 2000s, one of my mentors advised against boring my audience with anything having to do with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). "They don't care," I was told candidly.
Physician compensation stayed mostly stagnant and even declined for some specialties over the past year, trends that could reflect early changes in reimbursement related to the Affordable Care Act, according to Medscape's 2014 Physician Compensation Report.
Many healthcare organizations are just starting to adopt more integrated models of care--Humana has embraced the concept for 25 years, Roy Beveridge, M.D., chief medical officer of Humana, told FierceHealthPayer in an exclusive interview.
When considering ways to innovate healthcare and incorporate technology into better patient care, look to other industries--and don't hesitate to hop on a plane. That advice came courtesy of Edward Marx, senior VP and CIO at Texas Health Resources, who was speaking at FierceHealthIT 's executive breakfast, "Harnessing Technology and Data to Enable Accountable Care," held last week at HIMSS14 in Orlando, Fla.
When Steward Health Care System first embarked on its journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization in January 2012, the process was akin to building a plane and flying it at the same time, according to Dominique Morgan-Solomon, vice president of population health for the Boston-based provider. To that end, analytics were vital to her work.