February 2, 2018
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Becker's Hospital Review | January 24, 2018 
There are 58 ACOs in CMS' Next Generation model for 2018, including 17 new participants, CMS data shows. Most ACOs participating in the Next Generation model are veterans of the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model. This year, five of the Next Generation ACOs are new to ACO programs, as pointed out by Hunter Sinclair, vice president of value-based care consulting at The Advisory Board... READ MORE   

HealthExec | January 23, 2018   
The accountable care organization (ACO) model is the most prolific vehicle for value-based payment to date, with more than 923 public and private ACOs covering approximately 32.4 million lives across the country in 2017. Just as ACOs have grown in popularity, particularly among Medicare providers-124 new participants joined the programs for 2018, while the percentage of participants in risk-based models doubled from 9 percent to 18%-so has grown the popularity-among health economists and policy wonks-of debating the efficacy of this model designed to control costs and improve health outcomes.. . READ MORE   

Eccovia Solutions | January 2018     
The chronically ill population accounts for 84% of all healthcare spending. An estimated 117 million adults having one or more chronic health conditions, and in 2014 seven of the top ten causes of death were from chronic diseases. With such a large population of chronically ill, the need for improved care is one we can all recognize. ..READ MORE

Modern Healthcare | January 29, 2018   

A majority of physicians don't believe pay for performance programs are effective solutions for quality improvement and cost control, according to a new survey from Leavitt Partners. Just 22% of the 621 doctors surveyed thought accountable care organizations would lower spending, and 21% supported using bundled payments to drive down costs. At the same time, 29% of doctors thought both ACOs and episode-based payment would improve patients' health outcomes.. . READ MORE   

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