Primary Partners saves nearly $4M in first year

Through its Cigna Collaborative Accountable Care Model, central Florida's ACO, Primary Partners, has exceeded market expectations in both quality and cost savings. By Erin Dietsche -

Aledade accountable care frenzy continues

On the heels of four other recent partnerships, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade announced Monday it is rolling out a new accountable care organization in Arkansas and expanding its ACO in Missouri.  By Emily Rappleye -

9 recent accountable care, shared savings agreements

The following list includes accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched, ended or expanded since June, beginning with the most recent.  By Emily Rappleye -

High-value primary care providers are the secret to ACO success

If you are looking for a consensus on the success or failure of Medicare’s Accountable Care Organization experiment, you are not likely to find it. That’s because while most ACOs have improved the quality of care, few have been able to cut costs enough to earn meaningful financial rewards under the program. They have achieved only half of the goal of creating greater value.  By Nick van Terheyden, MD, CMO, Dell Healthcare & Life Sciences -

Could ACOs inadvertently be making healthcare disparities worse?

Accountable care organizations — which are designed to help improve healthcare quality and constrain costs — could be exacerbating disparities in healthcare, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs.  By Emily Rappleye -

New Aetna network combines Duke, WakeMed providers

Aetna established a valued-based accountable care organization with Durham, N.C.-based Duke Health and Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals, the Triangle Business Journal reported.  By Morgan Haefner -

Mount Sinai CIN, Cigna form accountable care partnership

New York-based Mount Sinai Health Partners and Cigna are teaming up to offer Cigna beneficiaries better access to more coordinated care at a lower cost through a collaborative care agreement.  By Emily Rappleye -

UCSF, John Muir add 7 hospitals, 3 medical groups to ACO

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health and UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco have expanded their ACO, which will allow it to better compete with California health giants like Sacramento-based Sutter Health and Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.  By Ayla Ellison -

BCBS of Kansas, St. Francis launch ACO

Kansas' largest payer is teaming up with Denver-based SCL Health to roll out an accountable care organization for SCL subsidiary, Topeka, Kan.-based St. Francis Health.  By Emily Rappleye -

Wellmark saves $35M in ACO contracts: 5 key statistics

Des Moines, Iowa-based Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield reported its accountable care organizations, which include contracts with 13 hospitals and clinic systems, saved $35 million last year.  By Morgan Haefner -

Non-ACO hospitals outperform ACOs in some value-based initiatives

Hospitals that participate in an ACO do not necessarily  perform better that their non-ACO peers in all Medicare value-based programs, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Managed Care. By Brooke Murphy -

Essentia, Medica launch ACO

Duluth, Minn.-based integrated health system, Essentia Health, and Minnesota payer Medica are teaming up to launch an accountable care organization in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin beginning November 1.  By Emily Rappleye -

3 Next Generation ACOs head for the door

Out of the original 21 participants in CMS' Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model, 18 remain after roughly seven months in the program, Healthcare Finance reported.  By Morgan Haefner -

HHS' Sylvia Burwell: This Iowa town should be the role model for U.S. healthcare

Fort Dodge, Iowa, is a town of about 25,000 nestled alongside the Des Moines River. It is home to the state's first public art museum, two high schools, a community college and one hospital: UnityPoint Health-Trinity.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aetna, Gateway Health in Virginia strike ACO agreement

Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna and Danville, Va.-based Gateway Health formed a commercial, product-based accountable care organization in Virginia.  By Morgan Haefner -

Why your laboratory is your best asset for growth in 2016 and beyond

Much has been written about the rapid transformative nature of healthcare occurring over the last few years. The drivers that have triggered this transformation are due to a convergence of market and technological progress, including HITECH, Meaningful Use, "big data" access, EMR adoption, the increased application of precision medicine and ACOs.  By Jonathan Northover -

OneCare Vermont selected by state to be Medicaid ACO

Colchester-based OneCare Vermont beat out the state's other two accountable care organizations to be Vermont's partner in a Medicaid initiative that would mirror the Next Generation ACO model, according to Vermont Business Magazine.  By Emily Rappleye -

Cigna, Calif. physicians group ink coordinated care contract

Cigna and Hill Physicians Medical Group in San Ramon, Calif., have entered into a collaborative care agreement to improve patient health by improving patient access to quality healthcare services. By Brooke Murphy -

12 accountable care, shared savings agreements in June

The following list includes accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched or expanded in June, beginning with the most recent.  By Emily Rappleye -

UConn, Hartford Health to team up on accountable care

Farmington-based UConn Health and Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare are working together to form an accountable care organization, according to an announcement from the University of Connecticut.  By Emily Rappleye -

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