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Survey: More than half of ACOs will leave if excluded from alternative payment models

Most accountable care organizations reported "significant" ongoing costs of operation and even more plan to leave the program if ACOs are excluded from a federal list of alternative payment models proposed as part of the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.

Financial viability of ACO model questioned

Are accountable care organizations really saving the healthcare system money? That's a question posed by cardiologist Anish Koka, M.D., in the  Philadelphia Inquirier.

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.

Critic blames CMS for lack of understanding of shared savings accountable care model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is to blame for the lack of research and understanding into how Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations work, a healthcare policy consultant argues in  The Health Care Blog.

Next Generation ACOs: Most participants were previously in Pioneer and MSSP models

Fifteen of the 21 participants in Medicare's new Next Generation accountable care organization model--the most aggressive ACO option to date--are made up of previous participants of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program.

CMS issues final payment rules for hospitals, physicians

The federal government has issued new guidelines under a final rule that clarifies when inpatient admissions will be covered under the "two-midnight rule."

The evolution of ACOs and what it may look like in the future [Special Report]

In this special report,  FierceHealthcare  talks to experts and providers about the evolution of ACOs, the most significant changes to the model and what the future holds. 

Secrets to cost savings, quality improvement from high-performing Pioneer, MSSP ACOs

Health systems and hospitals that are members of Premier Inc.'s PACT population health management collaborative have outperformed other Medicare ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings and Pioneer programs, reporting higher than average scores in 22 of the 33 quality measures. Premiere officials--as well as leaders from Pioneer ACO Banner Health Network and MSSP ACO Mercy Health Select--explain the secrets to their success.

Lessons from a rural, physician-led ACO [Interview]

Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but only a minority of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs qualified for...

3 reasons ACOs will thrive

Although the Medicare Shared Savings Program has many flaws, including setup and operating costs, and at least two more Pioneer accountable care organizations may drop out of the model, ACOs show great promise for improved healthcare delivery, according to Paul Keckley, Ph.D., managing director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis.