Medicare Shared Savings Program

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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.

Medicare ACOs saved $411M in 2014, but few earned bonuses

Medicare accountable care organizations generated $411 million in total savings in 2014, but few of the Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs qualified for bonuses in the second year results of the program, according to the latest data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But the financial metrics only tell some of the story, according to ACO leaders interviewed this morning. 

CMS proposed payment schedule includes end-of-life planning

Physicians may soon be paid for  end-of-life conversations with their patients  under  proposed changes  to the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule--a move that could catch on with private payers, as well.

Community partnerships, health navigators crucial to engage patients

Leaders of two accountable care organizations shared the strategies they use to actively engage patients and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes while reducing costs during Wednesday's preconference session of the sixth annual National ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Experts: Medicare ACO final rule will help but doesn't go far enough

Several features of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' final rule for accountable care organizations in its Medicare Shared Savings Program will encourage more providers to participate in the program, but the rule does not go far enough on risk assumption, healthcare experts wrote in a blog post for  Health Affairs.

Commercial ACO tops list of accountable care organizations with largest physician networks

Montefiore ACO & United Healthcare in the Bronx, New York leads the list of accountable care organizations with the largest physician networks in the nation, according to a new report compiled by healthcare marketing research firm SK&A.