October 26, 2018
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Healthcare Dive | October 18, 2018    
Comments have closed on the proposed CMS rule  to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), a controversial plan that would force accountable care organizations (ACOs) to take on more financial risk sooner than originally scheduled. This is a critical moment for CMS, as the agency now faces the question of how hard and how far to push providers into taking on risk - something they have historically been averse to, despite a chorus of experts who say providers need skin in the game to push them toward value-based care.. . READ MORE   

The Commonwealth Fund | October 24, 2018   
By 2020, a projected 68 million people will be enrolled in an accountable care organization (ACO), a care model in which groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers work together to coordinate care for patients. While ACOs seek to address rising health care costs and inconsistent quality of care, evidence of savings achieved is limited, and ACOs' performance has varied widely.. . READ MORE 

Healthcare Informatics | October 24, 2018    
A bipartisan group of nine lawmakers today sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma asking for two key changes to the agency's recently proposed rule that would reform the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Specifically, the lawmakers asked that CMS reconsider proposals to cut the time new accountable care organizations (ACOs) have in shared savings-only models from six years to two and to decrease the shared savings rate from 50% to as low as 25%.. . READ MORE   

Deloitte Insights | October 24, 2018    
Value-BASED payment models require physicians to deliver the best outcomes while managing resources appropriately. Physicians have long focused on quality of care, but in a relatively new development, they now have to pay attention to resource utilization as well, with the goal of reducing overall cost of care.. . READ MORE   

Vendor Spotlight
CareJourney is a leading provider of cost-effective, clinically-relevant analytics for value-based networks and currently supports over 50 ACOs across the US in achieving their shared savings goals. We do this by combining claims data with other openly available data sets and research-based, openly available algorithms. Through our core CareJourney Platform, we provide members with interactive dashboards of clinically-relevant insights and through the Network Advantage product, help members evaluate providers and build networks based on pre-selected and customizable performance metrics.      
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