• 4 new details about the Medicare ACO Track 1+ Model

    CMS released additional information Tuesday about its Track 1+ ACO model, which was first unveiled last month.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aledade raises $20M Series B funding to accelerate value-based care efforts

    Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade garnered $20 million in a Series B1 funding round, which it plans to channel toward growing its provider network and expanding its partnerships with Medicare Advantage and commercial plans, the company announced Tuesday.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Medicare ACO hospitals faster at reducing readmissions, study finds

    Though both ACO and non-ACO hospitals have been successful in driving down rates of readmissions from skilled nursing facilities, hospitals participating in Medicare ACOs have done so measurably faster, according to a study published in the January issue of Health Affairs.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 65 accountable care, shared savings agreements in 2016

    The following list includes ACOs and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched, ended or expanded in 2016, beginning with the most recent.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Christiana Care Quality Partners ACO adds 2 health system partners, rebrands

    Wilmington, Del.-based Christiana Care Quality Partners ACO is expanding and changing its name to eBrightHealth ACO on Jan. 1.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • CMS releases Track 1+ ACO model details: 5 things to know

    CMS this week unveiled details of its newest ACO offering in the Medicare Shared Savings Program — Track 1+ — intended to push more small physician practices and small rural hospitals to adopt risk.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Highmark BCBS, Aledade strike two-state ACO partnership

    Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade is expanding two Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs in Delaware and West Virginia to cover Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members.   By Emily Rappleye -
  • CMS launches ACO model for dual eligibles: 6 things to know

    CMS is rolling out a new ACO model for patients enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid, many of whom are among the highest-need, highest-risk beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • MSSP ACO to pilot partnership between PCPs, pharmacists

    Charleston, S.C.-based Accountable Care Coalition of the Tri-Counties, a Universal American Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO, is launching a pilot program aiming to help primary care physicians work more closely with local pharmacies.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Leavitt Partners: ACOs strongly prefer upside-only contracts

    Value-based care holds providers accountable for quality and cost by putting them at risk. However, ACOs — one of the most common value-based care models — are slow to adopt downside financial risk and have demonstrated a strong inclination toward upside risk-only contracts, according to a recent analysis from Salt Lake City-based healthcare intelligence firm Leavitt Partners.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Community Healthcare System to form collaborative care relationship with Cigna

    Munster, Ind.-based Community Healthcare System and Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna entered into a collaborative care relationship to improve access to healthcare, enhance care coordination and lower costs for residents of northwest Indiana covered by Cigna.  By Alyssa Rege -
  • 4 key thoughts on clinical integration

    Health systems with clinically integrated networks are seeing financial benefits — a trend which is expected to continue alongside the shift away from fee-for-service payment models.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
  • BCBS of Kansas partners with Aledade ACO

    Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade's Kansas ACO — Aledade Kansas — and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas partnered to offer value-based contracts to ACO members beginning Jan. 1, reports Kansas City Business Journal.   By Morgan Haefner -
  • UnitedHealth Group to roll out national ACO in 2017

    UnitedHealth Group plans to launch a national ACO called NexusACO beginning in 2017, Forbes reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aledade doubles ACO network: 200 physician practices, 200k lives covered

    Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade has doubled the size of its primary care ACO network since the beginning of the year to include more than 200 independent physician practices across 15 states, covering 200,000 patients.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Calif. Anthem ACOs saved $70.4M in 12 months

    Seventeen Anthem Blue Cross ACOs in California together generated $70.4 million savings over a 12 month period, while improving on a number of quality metrics.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • ACOs seeking more community partnerships, report finds

    ACOs are seeking new ways to expand population health management capabilities, particularly as they mature beyond initial challenges associated with financial pressures and payer requirements, according to a recent study from Premier and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Vermont gets OK for all-payer model

    Vermont's regulatory healthcare board approved a statewide all-payer ACO model to improve healthcare quality, coordination and spending.  By Morgan Haefner -
  • 7 Universal American ACOs strike partnership with Fresenius on kidney care

    White Plains, N.Y.-based Collaborative Health Systems, a division of Universal American, is teaming up with Waltham, Mass.-based Fresenius Medical Care to provide integrated care for patients with renal disease in seven of CHS' Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs.   By Emily Rappleye -
  • UNC Health, Cigna launch collaborative care initiative

    Cigna is teaming up with Chapel Hill, N.C.-based UNC Health Care and its clinically integrated network, UNC Health Alliance, to launch a collaborative care program similar to an accountable care organization beginning Jan. 1.  By Emily Rappleye -

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