Evolving stages of population health and ACOs: A comparison of 4 health systems

Population health and value-based care delivery is a journey — and every hospital and health system is at a different stage depending on market, payer mix and provider readiness.  By Emily Rappleye -

Cigna, Rush launch collaborative care program

Cigna and Chicago-based Rush Health have established a new collaborative care relationship similar to an accountable care organization.  By Emily Rappleye -

McKesson, BCBS of Arizona partner on value-based care

McKesson has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona to create ACO Partner. By Erin Marshall -

Nonprofit health system's commercial ACO denied tax exemption

The IRS denied tax exemption earlier this month to an unnamed nonprofit health system's accountable care organization because it was formed with commercial payers, according to law firm Drinker Biddle.  By Emily Rappleye -

ACOs flourish or fail in these 27 states

The number of active accountable care organizations across the nation increased by 94 over the past year to 838 as of the end of January, according to a recent report by Leavitt Partners and the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative published in Health Affairs.  By Ayla Ellison -

Medica, Altru Health team up on ACO in Minnesota, North Dakota

Minneapolis-based Medica and Grand Forks, N.D.-based Altru Health System plan to roll out an accountable care organization called Altru & You with Medica. The ACO will be available later this year in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota.  By Emily Rappleye -

Net savings from MSSP will be slow to materialize, study suggests

While early participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program has proved to generate small but meaningful reductions in spending, actual progress for Medicare may be slow emerge, according to an analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine.  By Emily Rappleye -

Integra, Unitedhealthcare launch Rhode Island's first Medicaid ACO

Integra Community Care Network, a Providence, R.I.-based, CMS-certified accountable care organization, is teaming up with UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Rhode Island to roll out a Medicaid accountable care entity through the State of Rhode Island Accountable Entities Pilot.  By Emily Rappleye -

NCQA recertified Essentia Health as level 3 ACO

Duluth, Minn.-based Essentia Health has been recertified as a level 3 accountable care organization by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its strong performance in achieving the triple aim, Brainerd Dispatch reported.  By Emily Rappleye -

MSSP market landscape and trends: 10 things to know

Testing the waters in the Medicare Shared Savings Program may cost participants $1 million or more in capital and operating expenses, and only a handful have really performed well, according to a whitepaper from Salt Lake City-based Leavitt Partners.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aetna teams up with St. John Health System for accountable care

Aetna and Tulsa, Okla.-based St. John Health System, part of St. Louis-based Ascension, have unveiled an accountable care collaboration to launch Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI in Tulsa County. By Tamara Rosin -

8 accountable care, shared savings agreements in March

The following list includes accountable care organizations and collaborative care agreements that were announced, launched or expanded in March, beginning with the most recent.   By Erin Marshall, Tamara Rosin, Kelly Gooch, Ayla Ellison and Emily Rappleye -

University Hospital, BCBS of NJ to collaborate on value-based care

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and University Hospital in Newark, N.J., are entering into a strategic partnership designed to accelerate the integration of Horizon's value-based care models into University Hospital's operations.  By Tamara Rosin -

Louisiana physicians earn $3.4M in value-based incentives for improving Medicaid outcomes

As part of its efforts to shift more healthcare services to a value-based system, UnitedHealthcare awarded 249 Louisiana physician practices more than $3.4 million in bonus payments for improving the quality of care for Medicaid patients.  By Emily Rappleye -

Northwell, EmblemHealth sign collaborative care agreement

Building on their two decade relationship, Great Neck, N.Y.-based Northwell Health and New York City-based EmblemHealth have partnered in a risk-sharing agreement. By Erin Marshall -

Wake Forest Baptist, UnitedHealthcare team up on accountable care

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, with the help of its clinically integrated network and UnitedHealthcare, has launched an accountable care organization, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

22 organizations call for changes to ACO benchmarking rule, MSSP inclusion in MACRA

Twenty-two healthcare organizations — which include physicians, hospitals, medical group practices, academic medical centers and nearly all Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations — wrote a letter to CMS calling for changes to the ACO benchmarking methodology.  By Emily Rappleye -

Meritain, Banner to roll out accountable care in Phoenix

Phoenix-based Banner Health Network and Meritain Health, an Aetna subsidiary, are collaborating to offer patients in the Phoenix area highly coordinated care through an accountable care organization.  By Emily Rappleye -

UnitedHealthcare, Delaware Valley ACO partner up

Philadelphia-based Delaware Valley Accountable Care Organization has signed another accountable care agreement with a commercial payer, following its deal with Aetna in February.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aetna, Virtua Health team up for ACO, health plan

Aetna and Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health will collaborate to form an accountable care organization and develop co-branded commercial health plans for businesses and consumers.  By Ayla Ellison -

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