December 29, 2017
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Modern Healthcare | December 27, 2017
The shift to value-based payment stalled in 2017 largely because of decisions made by new CMS leadership and distractions caused by efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, health quality experts say. Over the last year, new CMS Administrator Seema Verma touted an agenda that supported value-based payment but also focused on ways to reduce administrative burden for clinicians. As a result, the Trump administration slowed down the implementation of Obama-era mandates intended to move the dial on value-based payment... READ MORE   

Healthcare Finance | December 26, 2017  
Member engagement was the watchword for health insurers in the fourth quarter, as we saw consumer-facing app launches or related moves from Humana, Anthem, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare. The quarter also saw some big moves from CMS and some interesting developments in the realm of employee wellness. .. READ MORE   

RCM Answers & Clinigence | December 26, 2017    
The holiday season is here. Decorations are going up, shoppers are flooding stores, and festive music reminds us that "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". As children eagerly compose letters to Santa, it's likely that Accountable Care Organizations (ACO's) have wish lists of their own. Topping the list is most likely the achievement of shared savings, but ACO reporting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is no doubt a close second. ..READ MORE

Healthcare IT News | December 27, 2017

Hospitals participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program have a leg-up on the value-based delivery structure needed to meet quality payments under MACRA. Hospitals can achieve savings and physicians in these accountable care organizations can earn bonuses for participating in MACRA's merit-based incentive payment system. "ACO-affiliated doctors do better on MIPS because they're in an ACO," said Tim Gronniger, Senior Vice President of Development and Strategy at Caravan Health in Kansas City, MO. ..READ MORE  
Ven dor Spotlight  

Physician compensation has been greatly impacted by the advent of managed care systems and ACOs. As fee-for-service systems transition to managed care, compensation models become increasingly more complex as the inclusion of performance measures directly links the compensation structure to the provision of high quality, cost-effective, and outcome-driven care. ProCARE Portal will help your ACO evolve by taking control of the ever-changing complexities of physician compensation management... FIND OUT MORE   
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