July 27, 2018
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ACP Hospitalist | July 2018   
Reducing readmissions is every hospital's goal, but "There is a component of readmissions that has very little to do with hospital care," said Amy Deutschendorf, MS, RN, vice president for care coordination and clinical resource management for the Johns Hopkins Health System. She groups the common causes of readmissions into five categories: 1) poor care coordination, 2) problems with the quality of care during the first admission, 3) disease progression... READ MORE

HealthPayer Intelligence | July 26, 2018     
Medicare Advantage is a growing market and an attractive opportunity for payers to offer quality plans to older beneficiaries.  Competition is increasing in the MA environment, and beneficiaries have more options than ever to meet their coverage needs.
With more choice comes higher rates of disenrollment as members select the most valuable plans for their particular situations... READ MORE

Health Affairs | July 17, 2018   
In a previous post, we examined how accountable care organizations (ACOs) would be impacted by a policy requiring a move to two-sided risk after the expiration of their current three-year term, along with the arguments for allowing ACOs to remain in one-sided risk in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). In this, the second in our two-part series, we examine the arguments for requiring providers to transition from one-sided to two-sided risk in MSSP after their first or second three-year performance cycle.. .READ MORE

AJMC | July 17, 2018   

Objectives: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are groups of healthcare providers responsible for quality of care and spending for a defined patient population. The elimination of low-value medical services will improve quality and reduce costs and, therefore, ACOs should actively work to reduce the use of low-value services. We set out to identify ACO characteristics associated with implementation of strategies to reduce overuse.. . READ MORE   

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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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