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3 building blocks to good ACO data analytics

Starting with the right kind of data is critical to the success of an accountable care organization (ACO), Naveen Srabu, product management director for Liaison Healthcare Technologies, told an audience at the AHIMA Convention in Atlanta.

ACO investments result in savings beyond contract

When a medical group enters into an accountable care organization (ACO)-related contract with a payer, the benefits reach beyond just the patients covered by the ACO, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Study: ACO investments result in savings beyond contract

When a medical group enters into an accountable care organization (ACO)-related contract with a payer, the benefits reach beyond just the patients covered by the ACO, according to a new study published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.  

Pioneer ACOs threaten to walk

Pioneer ACOs have asked the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to revise quality benchmarks they have to meet to qualify for Medicare bonuses, threatening to drop out of the program otherwise.

ACO pharmacy program curbs admissions, $24M in costs

After a year as an accountable care organization, Hennepin County Medical Center says its pharmacy medication management program has helped cut admissions by 42 percent, emergency room visits by 37 percent and average cost of care by $2,500 per patient.

Maps of 2012 Medicare accountable care organizations

More than 150 collaborative groups launched their ACOs through the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. FierceHealthcare highlights the full lists and maps of Medicare ACOs that launched this year.

ACO development grows 38% nationally

The accountable care organization (ACO) trend still is rising with 221 identified ACOs in 45 states and the District of Columbia, up from 160 ACOs in 40 states in November 2011, according to intelligence business firm Leavitt Partners.

Genesis Health, Wellmark launch provider-payer ACO

Genesis Health System and Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa yesterday announced that they are launching an accountable care organization. This health system-insurer merger is the latest in the trend of provider-payer partnerships.

ACOs and unicorns: Lovely but elusive

Karen M. Cheung Like many young girls, I used to want a unicorn, until I realized they didn't exist. Then I wanted a horse, until I realized that a little thing called money (and...

Quality missing from ACO equation?

Although most often applied to the Medicare Shared Savings Program or the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization, the term ACO has far-reaching applications, including those outside of the federal