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How ACOs can improve patient engagement

Although Medicar e's Accountable Care Organizations have improved quality and netted savings,  they must improve their patient engagement strategies, acco rding to  a Brookings Institution blog post.   

Mixed news, unclear future for ACOs

Despite their early successes, accountable care organizations remain an uncertain prospect within healthcare, MedPageToday reports.

Medicare ACO quality, savings improve in second year

Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations improved in both quality and savings in their second year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Marketing lessons for ACOs

To educate consumers, accountable care organizations need to do a better job of marketing their services. Not sure where to begin?  FierceHealthcare  talked to ACO leaders and healthcare marketing experts for insights on marketing strategies for ACOs. 

Mixed reactions to CMS 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for the 2015 calendar year late Thursday afternoon, which didn't include changes to the sustainable growth rate formula, but revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

CMS releases 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its 2015 Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule late Wednesday. The rule is set to be published in the  Federal Register  on July 11.

Groups urge feds to reimburse ACOs for telehealth

Saying they want to improve care coordination, several organizations are calling on the federal government to reimburse accountable care organizations for the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies.

Surgeons and surgery are missing components in Medicare ACOs

Although surgeons play a large role in caring for patients under accountable care organization (ACO) models, Medicare-approved ACOs haven't paid attention to them, according to a new study in  Health Affairs.

Two-thirds of Americans have ACO access

Two-thirds of Americans live in areas served by the 500 accountable care organizations that now exist across the country, according to a report from Oliver Wyman consulting firm. 

Hospital association wants CMS to ease ACO rules

The American Hospital Association is lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to back off on some of the requirements of its Medicare Shared Savings Accountable Care Organization program, saying the current rules place too much financial risk on providers without offering them enough financial rewards.