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ACOs: The Next Generation of Coordination Care

An Overview of the Medicare Shared Savings Program/Accountable Care Organization Final Rules The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a final rule (Final Rule) that makes changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) created the MSSP as one of several delivery system reform initiatives. The goal … Continue Reading

CMS Releases New Proposal to Improve Accountable Care Organizations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule aimed at revitalizing accountable care organizations (ACOs) under the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Given the low level of ACOs receiving shared savings payments in their first year, CMS is making several proposals to adjust participants’ risk levels to encourage continued participation. … Continue Reading

Medicaid ACOs: States’ Answer to Escalating Costs?

States increasingly are experimenting with the use of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in their Medicaid programs as a possible avenue to curb the escalating costs of providing care to expanding Medicaid populations. Although there has yet to be a universally accepted definition for ACOs, they generally are recognized to be provider-run collaborations in which the … Continue Reading

Take Two Aspirin and Call Me in the Morning: Avoiding Labor Relations Headaches With ACOs

The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) offers the promise of shared savings when the ACO delivers high-quality healthcare more cost effectively. Without question, ACOs will change the way healthcare providers do business. For the employer with a unionized workforce, however, the promise of the ACO will wither if the employer is unable to implement necessary operating … Continue Reading
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