February 16, 2018
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Open Minds | February 9, 2018   

Our team recently took a look at the Medicare ACO trends, and to us one thing was clear: executive teams of provider organizations should be thinking about the role that ACOs are playing in the market now more than ever. Why? Because the ACO financing model is becoming more dominant in the Medicare market-and becoming more successful at producing cost savings while taking on more risk. Our recent analysis of the Medicare ACO market found.. . READ MORE   

Abhinav Shashank blog | February 7, 2018   
In January 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services set a goal to tie 50% of the Medicare payments to value or quality by 2018. This transition has put physicians on the frontlines of healthcare, as they play a major role in the value-based roadmap of an organization...READ MORE

Becker's Hospital Review | February 2, 2018     
With last month's addition of 17 new organizations to the Next Generation ACO program, 26% of all Medicare ACOs now participate in a downside-risk model (including the Medicare Shared Savings Program's (MSSP) Track 1+, Track 2, and Track 3), up from 17% in 2017.
While 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for ACOs making the transition to risk, 2019 could be even bigger. In fact, next year 82 ACOs that have been in the MSSP Track 1 since 2013 must either take on downside risk or leave the program. ..READ MORE

AJMC | February 13, 2018 
From 2013 to 2016, Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) improved quality. Continued infrastructure development funding, better relationships with postacute care facilities, and shared learnings among diverse ACOs would maximize quality improvement... READ MORE   

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The Florida Association of Accountable Care Organizations (FLAACOs) aligns goals to shift physician incentives and improve health-care outcomes across the state. FLAACOs provides a voice for the accountable care marketplace and its participating providers, payers, and individual physicians. The goal of FLAACOs is to provide advocacy and support to all Florida ACOs so that together they can become the health-care models of the future.  
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