Accountable Care

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. 
HHS health center IT

Health Resources and Services Administration Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. 

By Mike Miliard 02:49 pm September 15, 2016
Money from MACRA, the first direct investment in health center IT since the days of HITECH, will go toward value-based care, data exchange, clinical decision support, patient engagement, and more.
McKesson value-based care
By Jessica Davis 01:00 pm September 15, 2016
Healthcare administrators and clinicians need to work together, so providers can understand their role and where they can make an impact, according to McKesson’s Michael Blackman, MD.
By Susan Morse 11:57 am September 14, 2016
Between 2010 and 2015, Medicare beneficiaries across all states avoided almost 104,000 readmissions, according to CMS data released Tuesday.
By Jonah Comstock 10:05 am September 14, 2016
At the HIMSS Pop Health Forum in Chicago this week, Cleveland Clinic Chief Experience Officer Adrienne Boissy, MD, made the case that health apps alone are not a strategy – and in fact can hinder positive patient experience if they're not deployed wisely.
Physicians CAPP health IT

CAPP chairman Robert Pearl, MD, said that the health of our nation must be a top priority for either political party and modern technologies can enable that, but patients are not yet enjoying these benefits. 

By Bernie Monegain 09:33 am August 29, 2016
The top three things every candidate, from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to those seeking seats in the House and Senate, must know as they run for office, according to the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. 

"Accountable Care Organization initiatives in Medicare continue to grow and achieve positive results in providing better care and health outcomes while spending taxpayer dollars more wisely," said CMS Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway, MD.

By Susan Morse 09:59 am August 26, 2016
More than 400 Medicare ACOs generated some $466 million in savings, said Patrick Conway, MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 25. Of those, 125 qualified for shared savings payments by meeting quality performance standards.

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