August 24, 2018
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Kaiser Health News | August 13, 2018    
Accountable care organizations were among the key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act, designed to help control soaring Medicare costs. ACOs were expected to save the government nearly $5 billion by 2019, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It hasn't come anywhere close.. . READ MORE   

Patient EngagementHIT | August 14, 2018     
Whether they are called patient navigators, advocates, coaches, or community health workers, non-clinical health workers are becoming increasingly important for patient engagement and care coordination. About half of all healthcare workers are non-clinical staff. This includes community health workers, patient navigators, health coaches, and other individuals who interact with patients but do not dispense medical advice or carry out procedures, according to a 2014 report from the Brookings Institute... READ MORE

Geneia | August 21, 2018     
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) cannot, and should not, hide from downside risk. Despite the ongoing kerfuffle between CMS's (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) push for downside risk and the threat of mass exodus by early ACO adopters, downside risk is proving fruitful and gaining momentum... READ MORE

Risk Strategies | August 21, 2018   
It is crucial for ACOs to assist physician members with mitigating risk and driving down costs to enhance patient safety and improve clinical and financial outcomes in the private practice of medicine. There are many ways physicians can drive down medical malpractice costs, they just need to know the right questions to ask.. .READ MORE

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