• 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 -
  • Doylestown Health, Holy Redeemer plan to roll out Medicare ACO in 2017

    Doylestown (Pa.) Health and Meadowbrook, Pa.-based Holy Redeemer Health System applied to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program beginning next year, The Intelligencer reports.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • How should ACOs choose hospital partners?

    Though quality, utilization and safety data for hospitals is fairly robust, accountable care organizations evaluating potential hospital partners should look beyond that data, according to Salt Lake City-based healthcare intelligence firm Leavitt Partners. That's because the changing dynamics of the healthcare landscape mean a picture of where an organization has been may not illustrate where it is going.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 7 questions for hospitals to ask specialists joining an ACO

    Specialists are integral to the mission of an accountable care organization — they can potentially have the greatest influence on the most complex patients and reengage them in primary care. However, because specialists also tend to provide the costliest care, how can ACO leaders ensure they are choosing the right partners — especially when performance data is scarce?  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Delaware Valley ACO, Humana renew value-based contract

    Delaware Valley accountable care organization and insurance carrier Humana renewed their value-based network agreement for Humana's Medicare Advantage members. By Brooke Murphy -
  • Mission Health Partners, FirstCarolinaCare form Medicare Advantage partnership

    Mission Health Partners, an accountable care organization based in Asheville, N.C., and FirstCarolinaCare Insurance have established a new network relationship to serve Medicaid Advantage plans. By Brooke Murphy -
  • 5 factors that can make or break consumer engagement in Medicaid ACOs

    Medicaid accountable care organizations are beginning to gain traction in many states, but their development relies on gathering meaningful feedback from constituents, many of whom require complex care.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 6 things to know about the ACO Improvement Act of 2016

    Reps. Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., Wednesday introduced the ACO Improvement Act of 2016 to help fine tune regulations, increase beneficiary engagement and improve health outcomes for CMS' Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 11 healthcare leaders call for collaborative action in advancing accountable care

    The Accountable Care Learning Collaborative released Tuesday a call for action signed by 11 industry leaders, challenging healthcare organizations to unite and share population health management solutions.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • What does Dartmouth dropout mean for the future of ACOs?

    Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., has dropped out of the accountable care organization program it helped develop, reports The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  • New York launches first Medicaid ACO

    Buffalo, N.Y., is home to the state's first ACO designed to serve Medicaid and privately insured patients, reports Buffalo News. By Brooke Murphy -

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