July 13, 2018
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Health Affairs | July 16, 2018   
The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), now in its sixth full performance year, is at a significant crossroads. In creating the MSSP, Congress envisioned that Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) could moderate Medicare spending and improve quality of care by providers taking greater responsibility for costs and quality.. .READ MORE

Futurity | July 13, 2018   
When insurance plans charge patients less for the medicines that help them most, patients are more likely to take them, according to a new article.
Taking a medicine every day in the hopes that it will prevent some long-range potential health catastrophe-like a heart attack or kidney failure-isn't easy. Many people skip doses, or don't refill their prescriptions on time, or at all. And plenty of studies have shown that the more patients have to pay for those prescriptions, the less likely they are to take them as directed... READ MORE

Modern Healthcare | July 14, 2018   

An avalanche of new pay proposals from the CMS seeks to reduce provider burden, so much so that it could undermine efforts to shift Medicare to a value-based system, doctors warned. The agency released a 1,400-page proposed rule July 12 that for the first time combined the annual physician fee schedule and the Medicare Quality Payment Program rules, which implements sections of MACRA each year.. . READ MORE   

EHR Intelligence | July 17, 2018     
In a letter addressed to doctors, CMS Administrator Seema Verma reaffirmed the federal agency's commitment to "turning the tide" of rising rates of physician burnout and reducing clinical documentation requirements to cut provider burden... 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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