Aledade signs first commercial ACO contract with BCBS

With two years of operation under its belt, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade, a startup dedicated to helping physicians launch accountable care organizations, is announcing a new kind of partnership.  By Emily Rappleye -

DeKalb PHO, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO

Atlanta-based DeKalb Physician Hospital Organization and UnitedHealthcare are allotting more resources to coordinate patient care in Georgia.  By Emily Rappleye -

UnitedHealthcare, Aurora team up for a Medicare Advantage ACO

Milwaukee-based Aurora Health Care and UnitedHealthcare of Wisconsin are rolling out an accountable care organization for more than 40,000 Milwaukee residents with Medicare Advantage.  By Emily Rappleye -

Aledade rolls out 3 new ACOs, expands another

To ring in its second anniversary, Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade — a company that helps independent physicians participate in value-based care — announced Wednesday three new accountable care organizations and the expansion of another.  By Emily Rappleye -

10 W.Va. health centers team up to form ACO

Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade announced Tuesday the launch of an accountable care organization led by 10 West Virginia-based Federally Qualified Health Centers.   By Emily Rappleye -

MemorialCare extends ACO to Boeing employees

Fountain Valley, Calif.-based MemorialCare Health System is teaming up with the Boeing Company to offer a customized health plan for the aerospace company's employees and dependents in Long Beach, South Bay and Orange County.  By Emily Rappleye -

Mount Sinai Health Partners, Humana partner on value-based care model

New York City-based Mount Sinai Health Partners and health insurer Humana have partnered to create a value-based care model that aims to improve health outcomes and care coordination while reducing healthcare costs for Humana Medicare Advantage members. By Tamara Rosin -

Community, rural hospitals band to battle UVM, Dartmouth-Hitchcock ACO for Medicaid contract

In an effort to challenge "top-down" healthcare reform, Community Health Accountable Care, a Vermont-based accountable care organization, has filed a bid to compete with an ACO owned by the region's two largest hospitals, reports VT Digger. By Brooke Murphy -

Memorial Hermann Health System, UnitedHealthcare launch ACO

Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System and health insurance giant UnitedHealthcare have formed an accountable care organization aimed at improving the coordination of healthcare and patient satisfaction, according to Your Houston News. By Tamara Rosin -

CMS issues final rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs: 5 takeaways

CMS released a final rule Monday that aims to strengthen incentives for accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  By Ayla Ellison -

Oneida to participate in Basset Healthcare's MSSP, commercial ACOs through population health partnership

Oneida (N.Y.) Healthcare is teaming up with Cooperstown, N.Y.-based Basset Healthcare Network to enhance primary care and population health management in the Oneida region.  By Emily Rappleye -

John Muir Health System, Humana sign value-based care agreement

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based John Muir Health System and insurance giant Humana have inked a value-based care agreement that will benefit Humana Medicare Advantage members in Contra Costa County, Calif. By Tamara Rosin -

Viewpoint: The not-so-hidden agenda of MACRA pushes ACOs

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act — which replaces the sustainable growth rate in determining physician's Medicare Part B payments — is simply pushing the federal agenda to grow accountable care organizations, according to an Op-Ed in The Wall Street Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

IRS ruling denying tax exemption poses barriers to ACOs

A ruling by the Internal Revenue Service poses a major obstacle to accountable care organizations as they seek ways to control costs while providing greater coordination of care. According to The New York Times, the IRS denied a tax exemption sought by an ACO that is geared toward people with commercial insurance. By Tamara Rosin -

Tampa Bay CIN has garnered $4.1M in shared savings

Tampa Bay, Fla.-based BayCare Physician Partners, a physician-led clinically integrated network, has been successful thus far in its transition to value-based care, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

Humana launches orthopedic bundle in Tenn., expands Ohio bundles

Humana is launching a total hip and knee joint replacement bundled payment program in Tennessee with four orthopedic specialty groups, and expanding its bundles in Ohio with the addition of two more specialty groups.  By Emily Rappleye -

Cigna, Integrated Independent Physicians Network roll out collaborative care agreement

Cigna and Orlando, Fla.-based Integrated Independent Physicians Network partnered April 1 to improve quality and access to care and lower costs for 7,000 Cigna beneficiaries.  By Emily Rappleye -

Evolent Health, Georgia Physicians for Accountable Care strike partnership

Arlington, Va.-based Evolent Health has partnered with Macon-based Georgia Physicians for Accountable Care, the largest physician-led accountable care organization in the state.  By Emily Rappleye -

Cigna, New England Quality Care Alliance form accountable care partnership

Braintree, Mass.-based New England Quality Care Alliance is teaming up with Cigna on a new collaborative care initiative for more than 10,000 patients.  By Emily Rappleye -

3 insights on risk-based contract strategy from a payer, provider and an IT company

With margins declining for both payers and providers, it is clear they must collaborate in new ways to redesign payment and care delivery models through physician-hospital organizations, accountable care organizations and shared savings agreements.  By Emily Rappleye -

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