January 18, 2019
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FLAACOS | January 17, 2019     
CMS just announced the 2019 ACO application deadlines for new and renewing ACOs. The dates are extremely aggressive:
  • Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) is due on Friday, January 18th at 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Applications are due on or before February 19, 2019

Health Affairs | January 16, 2019  
Until recently, efforts to improve the health of Americans have focused on expanding access to quality medical care. Yet there is a growing recognition that medical care alone cannot address what actually makes us sick. Increasing health care costs and worsening life expectancy are the results of a frayed social safety net, economic and housing instability, racism and other forms of discrimination, educational disparities, inadequate nutrition, and risks within the physical environment.. . READ MORE   

RevCycle Intelligence | January 16, 2019  
Over two-thirds of Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs would qualify as high-revenue organizations under the new Pathways to Success initiative, a recent Leavitt Partners  
analysis uncovered. Pathways to Success will overhaul and replace the MSSP in July 2019." As ACOs consider entering the MSSP under the new Pathways rule, they must recognize the strong possibility that they will end up being designated high revenue under Pathways and be required to assume downside risk more quickly,".. . READ MORE   

Modern Healthcare | January 16, 2019     
Medicare Advantage insurers added 1.4 million members to their rosters for 2019 coverage, as they looked to grow membership in a market known for being politically safe and predictably lucrative. But Advantage membership is growing at slower pace compared with previous years.. . 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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