• 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 -
  • How the Pioneer ACOs compare on quality, shared savings in 2015

    Across the board, 2015 was a great year for quality improvement among Pioneer accountable care organizations, but not all participants did as well financially, according to data released Thursday by CMS.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Top MSSP ACOs in quality, shared savings for 2015

    In the fourth performance year of the Medicare Shared Savings Program — 2015 — accountable care organizations generated net savings of $429 million for Medicare and improved quality performance on several different measures, according to data released Thursday by CMS.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • CMS unveils 2015 Medicare ACO quality, financial performance: 12 things to know

    CMS on Thursday released the 2015 quality and financial results for its Pioneer and Medicare Shared Savings Programs. Despite that less than a third of ACOs earned shared savings payments, the data suggests Medicare ACOs are improving over time in both generating savings and improving quality.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Blue Shield of California, PrimeCare, San Antonio Regional expand Calif. ACO

    Blue Shield of California is collaborating with PrimeCare Medical Network and Upland, Calif.-based San Antonio Regional Hospital to expand its accountable care organization in Southern California, according to a report from State of Reform.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • Aledade to roll out physician-led ACO in suburban Philadelphia

    Bethesda, Md.-based Aledade is adding yet another accountable care organization to its portfolio, this time in suburban Philadelphia. The startup, which helps independent physicians participate in value-based care initiatives, announced three other ACO expansions and additions in August alone.  By Emily Rappleye -
  • 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 -
  • 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 -

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