Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

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Mixed news for first year of Medicare Shared Savings Program

It's been a bumpy road for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, with only 97 of 353 Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs earning performance bonuses in 2014, and new data show the MSSP achieved mixed results its first year, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Strong tech, care management backbones for New York Medical Partners ACO

Building a strong infrastructure is the biggest challenge South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, New York, faces in forming a new accountable care organization in conjunction with about 200 physicians.

CMS announces second round of Next Generation ACO applications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new application period for the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization program for the second round, which begins Jan. 1, 2017.

How ACOs can retain patients through loyalty programs

Loyalty programs like ones offered by airlines and hotels that offer customer perks and rewards could help accountable care organizations (ACOs) retain patients, according to an article in  JAMA   The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Lessons learned from organizations that integrate specialty care into ACOs

Specialty care will be important to the financial success of accountable care organizations, but ACOs still have a lot to learn in order to reduce costs for specialty care, according to post on the  Health Affairs Blog.

Senate paper proposes strategies for complex, chronically ill Medicare patients

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has released a paper outlining policy initiatives aimed at Medicare patients with multiple chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Teaching hospital-community provider ACO partnerships face rough road

An accountable care organization formed by Johns Hopkins Medicine, several Baltimore-Washington-area hospitals and three medical practices stumbled early because of challenges including electronic medical record systems that didn't talk with one another, ACO leaders wrote in the current issue of the journal  Academic Medicine.

Coordinated care, data-sharing help ACO partnership exceed quality goals

An accountable care organization operated by a Wisconsin health system and UnitedHealthcare performed above its care quality goals in the first year of the three-year partnership, due in large part to improved care coordination and data-sharing, according to a new report from UnitedHealthcare.

Despite promising results, Pioneer ACO program loses two more organizations

Participants in Medicare's Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program continue to dwindle, with two more announcing their departures even as the research finds the program improves care quality.

Population health barriers include interoperability, data integration

As organizations take up population health management initiatives, they must address common problems, including interoperability barriers, data integration and competing health IT priorities, according to results from a recent eHealth Initiative population health survey.