Accountable Care

ACO IT Commonwealth Fund

Photo credit: Leonardo Rizzi via Flickr. 

By Mike Miliard 12:43 pm October 06, 2016
Many of the 800 accountable care organizations are lagging in critical IT infrastructure, though commercial ACOs are earning more success today than their non-commercial counterparts.
By Beth Jones Sanborn 10:18 am October 06, 2016
The web-based tools, with advice on how the new law will affect reimbursement, do not require AMA membership.
Mostashari pop health EHR
By Bill Siwicki 02:54 pm October 03, 2016
Mostashari, now the chief executive at Aledade, discusses how technology must better address the needs of population health and ACOs, and wages a complaint against many EHR vendors.
UnitedHealth ACO
By Kaiser Health News 09:30 am September 30, 2016
The nation’s largest health insurer and the University of California Health system are joining forces to create a new health plan option for employers and expand research into patient data.

There were 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved and nearly $20 billion in cost-savings from 2010 to 2014, said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD, "and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts."

By Bernie Monegain 04:12 pm September 29, 2016
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $347 million to 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, quality improvement organizations and health systems to continue efforts in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
HHS medical bill

RadNet won for the easiest bill to understand, with one HHS says is "as concise as possible."

By Mike Miliard 10:52 am September 29, 2016
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, choosing from more than 80 submissions, has awarded two prizes for new designs of the medical bill.
Ascension Health rebrands
By Jeff Lagasse 02:49 pm September 21, 2016
The health system said that by reorganizing into two units it intends to enhance collaboration and better support physicians and caregivers. 
Health plans chronic care
By Kaiser Health News 09:43 am September 21, 2016
When CMS opened the chronic care management program, experts hailed its potential for population health and cost control. Since then, however, the initiative has encountered obstacles, the IRS and health plans now among those. 
Mike Leavitt accountable care

Mike Leavitt, who co-chairs the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative, said many providers do not yet know how to proceed under new care models. 

By Gus Venditto 11:24 am September 20, 2016
The Accountable Care Learning Collaborative, which Leavitt co-chairs with former CMS Administrator Mark McClellan, published a framework for sharing best practices and care delivery competencies.
Population health

Jay Bhatt, MD, Chief Health Officer at Illinois Health and Hospital Association, speaking at the Pop Health Forum 2016 in Chicago. 

By Mike Miliard 10:12 am September 16, 2016
Hospital CEOs and CFOs must align with Chief Data Officers, Chief Patient Experience Officers, Chief Clinical Transformation Officers and others for population health management programs to succeed. Doctors, nurses and patients are all critical as well. 

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