October 4, 2019
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Modern Healthcare | October 1, 2019 
The CMS achieved savings from the Medicare Shared Savings Program last year, marking the second year in a row the agency turned a profit from the program.  About 66% of the 548 Medicare accountable organizations produced a total of $1.7 billion in savings in 2018 and the CMS scored a $739.4 million gain, according to  new  agency data. .. READ MORE   
The Healthcare Blog | October 1, 2019 
The notion that hospitals can reduce readmissions, and that punishing them for "excess" readmissions will get them to do that, became conventional wisdom during the 2000s on the basis of very little evidence. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) urged Congress to enact the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) beginning in 2007, and in 2010 Congress did so. State Medicaid programs and private insurers quickly adopted similar programs.. . READ MORE   
Becker's Hospital CFO Report | October 1, 2019    
Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs generated $739.4 million in net savings for the Medicare program across 548 ACOs in 2018, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in  Health Affairs Sept. 30.  The 2018 data shows quality improvement continued, and many of the previously observed cost trends continued. Top performers on spending tend to be in two-sided risk contracts, physician-led and low-revenue, according to Ms. Verma. . . READ MORE    

Health Affairs | September 30, 2019 
With Medicare's main trust fund projected to run out in just seven years, the Trump Administration is working hard to lower health care costs and increase quality to protect the Medicare program for all Americans who depend on it. The MSSP (Shared Savings Program), established by Congress, promotes accountability for a patient population, fosters coordination of care, encourages investment in infrastructure and redesigned care processes for high quality and efficient health care service delivery, and promotes higher value care.. . . READ MORE   
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