January 5, 2018
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Healthcare Informatics | January 3, 2018 
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the results of the first year of its Next Generation ACO (accountable care organization) model in October, a major takeaway was that both the financial savings and quality scores in year one were strong across the board.
As the CMS data indicated, 11 of 18 Next Gen ACO participants were able to earn shared savings in 2016, while the remaining seven ACOs generated losses outside a minimum loss rate and thus owed Medicare shared losses. However, in sum, the net of all gross savings and losses was about $48.3M in savings. What's more, all 18 ACOs in this model scored 100% on quality across 33 measures they were graded on... READ MORE   

Healthcare Business Today | December 18, 2017  
In a value-driven world, achieving the triple aim of healthcare is of paramount importance to enhance care continuum. A major component of driving value in care is the patient experience which can be improved with smart strategies to engage patients. Ensuring that patients walk away from the hospital/clinic satisfied and with their needs fulfilled is vital for any given health care provider. .. READ MORE   

HealthPayer Intelligence | December 28, 2017    
Payers rely on process and outcome quality measures to communicate healthcare performance to new and current beneficiaries. Quality measurements such as HEDIS, CMS Star Ratings, and standardized core quality measures (CQMs) are some of the tools used to develop objective comparisons between payers. Quality measurement sets also help develop high-value healthcare because they can provide a snapshot of how well clinical services are being performed and if services are cost-effective for beneficiaries. ..READ MORE

AMGA | December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Five leading health care organizations applaud the introduction of H.R. 4580, the "ACO Improvement Act of 2017" sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). The American Medical Association (AMA), AMGA, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and Premier agree this legislation provides sensible modifications to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to support the ability of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to achieve success by reducing unnecessary costs, improving quality and enhancing patient outcomes. ..READ MORE  
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