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CMS draft regs push ACOs to outline how, why they'll use technology

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in new draft regulations for governing accountable care organizations unveiled Monday, calls on ACOs to describe how they plan to "encourage and promote" the use of technology--such as electronic health records, telehealth services and health information exchange services--to enhance care coordination.

Interoperability remains a barrier for health data exchange organizations

Echoing previous surveys, eHealth Initiative's latest poll of health data exchange organizations finds them struggling with interoperability issues.

Ian Morrison: Private purchasers demand high quality, low costs from providers

Affordability is urgently needed in healthcare and the industry must continue to find innovative ways to constantly improve care while lowering costs for private healthcare purchasers, who drive the market and hold the entire financial margin of the healthcare delivery system, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in Hospitals & Health Networks.  

Number of registered nurses grows as professionals delay retirement

Despite debate about the validity of a nursing shortage, the number of registered nurses across the country continues to rise, reaching 2.7 million in 2012 and growing even more since then, according to a study published in  Health Affairs.

Value-based pay picking up speed

While many doctors still operate on a fee-for-service basis, insurers are moving toward value-based reimbursement that focuses more on quality, transparency and accountability, reports  Forbes.

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.