January 12, 2018
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Fierce Healthcare | January 8, 2018 
Massachusetts has launched a new accountable care certification program designed to implement statewide, all-payer standards as part of care delivery. The program, the first of its kind in the country, is already off to a strong start, according to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), which announced it has certified 17 organizations, including hospitals, health systems and physician groups. "The ACO Certification Program will bring new transparency and information to the public regarding how ACOs are structured and operating today," David Seltz, executive director of the HPC, said in the announcement.... READ MORE   

HealthIT Analytics | January 2, 2018   
Effective population health management is beginning to require healthcare providers to rely heavily on big data derived from both their own health IT systems and from their business partners.  Identifying patients at high risk of developing chronic diseases or falling away from maintenance protocols is a significant challenge for many organizations, but is quickly becoming an essential part of succeeding in the value-based care environment.. .. READ MORE   

Modern Healthcare | January 9, 2018     
About 18% of accountable-care organizations in the Medicare shared savings program will participate in a downside risk contract in 2018, a jump from the just 9% of ACOs who took on risk last year, new CMS data shows. There are 561 Medicare ACOs in the program this year and 101 are in a downside risk-based contract. ..READ MORE

MiraMed | January 10, 2018

A Health Affairs blog article co-authored this past year by 10 prominent health system CEOs describes the problem of physician burnout as a national public health crisis and "a matter of absolute urgency." The numbers support their contention.  The Medscape Lifestyle Survey 2017 reveals that 51% of physicians report experiencing this energy-depleting affliction, characterized by cynicism, exhaustion, and feelings of inefficacy and apathy...The survey of 14,000 physicians found that, overall, burnout has risen 25% over the past four years. ..READ MORE  
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