USA Today: New care organizations save $380 million in first year

Kelly Kennedy Groups were created as part of the health care law to save money in Medicare. (Photo: Mattthew Septimus, Montefiore Medical Center) STORY HIGHLIGHTS The organizations focus on keeping patients out of the hospital Organizations bundle payments and use a team approach Intent is to stop using the fee-for-service payment system WASHINGTON — The … Continue reading

California Healthline: ACOs Expand Amid Uncertain Futures

by Rebecca Vesely, California Healthline Contributing Reporter Thursday, August 15, 2013     Accountable care organizations are spreading like wildfire in California, but whether they completely alter the health care landscape or flicker out remains to be seen. As of July, about 100 ACOs covered 644,900 Californians in 32 counties statewide, according to a report by Catteneo … Continue reading

California Healthline: How Will ACOs Share Liability Risk?

One of the key concepts in the formation of — and probably the success of — accountable care organizations is shared risk. A pivotal part of the Affordable Care Act’s plan to reform an expensive health care system, ACOs are networks of doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate care and share responsibility and financial … Continue reading

California Healthline: Will ACOs Pave the Path to Reform?

by David Gorn  Accountable care organizations could be the linchpin of successful health care reform, according to experts at a forum last week in San Francisco. “ACOs only take up seven pages in the uncountable number of pages in the Affordable Care Act but they are at the moment one of the fastest growing and most … Continue reading

California Healthline: Two California ACOs Exit CMS’ ‘Pioneer’ Demonstration Project

Two Southern California accountable care organizations are among the nine participants that are dropping out of CMS’ “Pioneer” ACO demonstration project, Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman,Payers & Providers, 7/18). Background on Pioneer Program The Pioneer program is one of the Affordable Care Act’s signature initiatives to produce better care at a lower cost. Under the Pioneer program, … Continue reading

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