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Accountable Care

What HIT integration means to meaningful use, ACOs, ICD-10

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The integration of health information technology systems and services can improve patient services, but how do healthcare organizations and providers overcome the technical challenges related to such programs as meaningful use, accountable...

GAO: Lack of data standards foils EHR interoperability, HIE

by Jennifer Bresnick

Insufficient data standards continue to cause difficulty for providers attempting to exchange health information, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), despite the efforts of CMS and the ONC to streamline the...

Docs disapprove of tying Medicare reform to ACA mandate

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A sizeable majority of physicians disagree with recent moves on Capitol Hill that ties the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) to the delay of enforcing the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, according to a...

AAFP Releases PCMH Planner to Encourage Accountable Care

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has developed a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) planning tool for practices of all sizes, intended to provide a roadmap leading to a new model of team-based, accountable care.  The...

Unnecessary brain scans for headaches cost $1 billion a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

Despite guidelines that attempt to dissuade physicians from ordering unnecessary tests for headache sufferers, one in every eight patients who present with concerns about headaches receive expensive MRIs and CT scans that rarely turn up...

Blue Shield, Hill Physicians, Dignity Health form ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Blue Shield of California, Hill Physicians Medical Group, and Dignity Health launched a three-year accountable care organization (ACO) to provide 14,600 Blue Shield members in San Joaquin County with cost-efficient, high-quality...

PCMH transformation takes governance, determination, EHR savvy

by Jennifer Bresnick

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is often seen as the end product of a long list of major changes to the way providers deliver care.  By aligning financial incentives, data-driven quality improvements, a personalized approach to...

Anthem BCBS, Franciscan Alliance to launch ACO in April

by Nicole Freeman

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana and Franciscan Alliance, a 13-hospital health system, have joined to form an accountable care organization (ACO), Anthem’s first in the state. The ACO, which launches on April 1, seeks to...

Hackensack providers form ACO with Horizon BCBSNJ

by Nicole Freeman

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and Hackensack-Physician Hospital Alliance (HackensackAlliance) have formed an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve care and patient outcomes in Bergen County. The ACO...

Florida Blue, Baptist Health Quality Network expand ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Health Quality Network (BHQN), and Florida Blue have formed an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve healthcare efficiency and quality and decrease healthcare costs through coordinated care in...

What is driving the increased optimism for accountable care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

What makes accountable care better suited to succeed where previous attempts at managed care? Why is an increasing number of healthcare professionals believing that their efforts to implement and support accountable care organizations...

Blue Shield of California, Inland Empire form ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Blue Shield of California and EPIC Health Plan have launched a two-year accountable care organization (ACO) with the Inland Empire. The ACO includes six EPIC-managed medical groups and will serve about 27,300 members. The initial...

Aetna, Atlantic Accountable Care Organization pen agreement

by Nicole Freeman

Atlantic Accountable Care Organization (Atlantic ACO) and Aetna have reached a new accountable care agreement to improve care delivery and coordination. The ACO includes 1,700 primacy care providers and specialists who serve over 28,000...

Horizon BCBS New Jersey, JFK Medical Center partner for ACO

by Nicole Freeman

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and JFK Medical Center have created an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve healthcare outcomes for Horizon members. The ACO, part of JFK ACO, will launch on April...

How is uneven HIE adoption affecting population health?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other population health initiatives cannot succeed without health information being able to flow between healthcare organizations and providers. For Children’s Medical Center VP and CIO...

CVS, Epic Systems team up to bring EHRs to retail clinics

by Jennifer Bresnick

Sore throats and sniffles are getting a whole lot more serious at CVS Caremark, which recently announced that it has selected EHR giant Epic to revamp the inner workings of its MinuteClinic network.  The expanding chain of...

“Two-midnight” Medicare bill brings ire, approval, confusion

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS has long since learned that it can’t please everyone all the time when it comes to healthcare reform, and its newly released guidance for the oft-delayed “two-midnight” rule is proving the maxim true once again. ...

Physician employment is high, but is satisfaction keeping pace?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The move towards an integrated model of care delivery has accelerated the number of physicians choosing employment in a health system over going it alone.  With fewer worries about paying for new technology and exposing themselves to...

What decides the success of ACO, population health models?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Not all health systems, hospitals, or physician practices succeed at implementing accountable care organizations. More recent results published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) showed returns within range of the...

Baton Rouge Clinic, Cigna launch ACO

by Nicole Freeman

The Baton Rouge Clinic and Cigna has joined together to form an accountable care organization (ACO) to improve healthcare access and affordability. The ACO, which launched on January 1, 2014, will serve Cigna members receiving care from...



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