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Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers

February 10, 2016 - Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and the number of lives covered by ACOs totaled an estimated 23.2 million. What's more, the federal government's commitment to value-based reimburse...


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ACO End-to-End Solutions Go Beyond EHR, Pop Health Technology

by Kate Monica

The lack of standardization in implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) has created a demand for solution vendors capable of assisting healthcare organizations in seamlessly adopting these value-based care models. A recent...

ACO Health IT, EHR Use May Point to Needed Policy Changes

by Sara Heath

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) tend to have stronger health IT and EHR use than non-ACOs, suggesting that the incentives in those care models foster higher quality care than others, says a study published in the American Journal of...

How EHRs Help Make Successful Accountable Care Organizations

by Sara Heath

EHRs are an invaluable tool for accountable care organizations, offering a system upon which providers can store and reference important patient information and then easily disseminate that information to other care team members. In fact,...

Accountable Care Organization EHR, HIE Use by the Numbers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Over the past handful of years, the number of accountable care organizations has increased dramatically and projections foresee continued ACO growth. According to Leavitt Partners, the preceding year closed with 782 ACOs in operation and...

Two More Pioneer ACOs Opt Out of Value-Based Program

by Sara Heath

Two more members of the CMS Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program have decided to pursue other paths, reports Priyanka Dayal McCluskey of The Boston Globe.   Steward Health Care System and Mount Auburn Hospital join the...

Success of Accountable Care Organizations Relies on Health IT

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Much of the future success of accountable care organizations hinges on putting in place and building off a robust health IT infrastructure whose efficaciousness depends on advancements in health IT interoperability, according to the...

ACOs Facing Clinical Data Integration, Exchange Challenges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Access to external clinical data and clinical data integration stand out as the top challenges facing accountable care organizations, according to results from a recent eHealth Initiative and Premier Inc. survey of 69 ACOs. More than...

Primary Care Providers View Health IT Use in Positive Light

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Primary care providers view health IT use as a welcome addition to delivering high-quality but remain skeptical of the benefits of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) in the provisioning of...

Pioneer ACO Model Brought $384 Million in Savings to Medicare

by Vera Gruessner

Healthcare systems began developing Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed on March 23, 2010. Since then, the number of ACOs has grown substantially and led to some significant...

Do Data Exchange Roadblocks Affect ACO Development?

by Vera Gruessner

Health information exchange or medical data sharing among providers, payers, public health agencies, and the federal government remains a major goal for the healthcare industry as a whole. Medical data exchange roadblocks are impeding...

How EHRs and Telehealth Technology Affect Healthcare

by Vera Gruessner

Health IT along with EHRs and telehealth technology is impacting the medical sector and patient care in a variety of ways. Other healthcare reforms like the development of accountable care organizations (ACOs) require the...

How Big Data Analytics Helps Accountable Care Organizations

by Vera Gruessner

In an effort to revolutionize the healthcare industry and improve the quality of care, the federal government began working with physician practices to implement accountable care organizations (ACOs). ACO development and the right health...

Accountable Care, Quality Metrics Must Combine for Improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The healthcare industry has taken many positive steps towards improving the measurement of quality and patient outcomes, says Margaret E. O’Kane, MHA, President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), but true...

Black Book Sees Rise of Private Health Information Exchanges

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

New Black Book market on health information exchange highlights the growing need for providers to share health information but a lack of HIE adoption is still commonplace among physician practices and hospitals. Additionally, industry...

AHA Highlights Need for Improved Data Provision to MSSP ACOs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The AHA’s recommendations include improved devlivery of¬†claims data by CMS to MSSP ACOs. In response to proposed changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), the American Hospital Association (AHA) has offered...

Updates for Meaningful Use, Interoperability, Health Reform

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Developments during the last week of January will have a serious effect on the progress of meaningful use, interoperability, and health reform in the coming year. Perhaps the most important development for health IT was a reduction in...

Accountable Care Task Force Outlines Rules for Value-Based Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The newly inaugurated Health Care Transformation Task Force (HCTTF) is wasting no time in getting HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell’s accountable care goals off the ground. Just days after Burwell’s pledge to significantly increase...

Mixed Financial Performance for Medicare Shared Savings ACOs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The 220 accountable care organizations participating in the early days of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) had mixed financial performance and varied in care quality, according to an analysis from Health Affairs that dives into...

EHNAC Updates Accreditation Criteria for ACO, HIE Programs

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC) has adopted updated accreditation criteria for 15 of its health IT programs, including the Accountable Care Organization Accreditation Program, Health Information Exchange...

Rural Health Providers Form New Accountable Care Organizations

by Jennifer Bresnick

Five new accountable care organizations (ACOs) are joining the ranks of the Medicare Shared Savings Program thanks to assistance from the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC).  Encompassing fifty-two entities, including 28...

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