March 8, 2019
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Fierce Healthcare | March 1, 2019     
As the feds look to push accountable care organizations to more quickly take on greater risk, a new report highlights common traits of ACOs that have already successfully taken that leap.  Leavitt Partners  analyzed  ACOs across Medicare, including the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Pioneer ACOs and Next Generation ACOs, to find common threads among programs finding success and identify ways to better support those that are being left behind . . . READ MORE    

Health Affairs | March 1, 2019 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalizedchanges to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), its primary accountable care organization (ACO) program and most significant approach to constraining ballooning program costs while improving quality. These changes will require ACOs to transition more quickly to two-sided risk... READ MORE   

Revenue Cycle Advisor | March 6, 2019  
Accountable care organizations (ACO) that have switched tracks to take on downside risk tend to be larger, located in urban areas, and more successful on financial metrics, according to a recent report. However, the report did not find any significant relationship between switching to downside risk tracks and improvement on quality or public health metrics. . . READ MORE    

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Modern Healthcare | March 4, 2019     
CMS Administrator Seema Verma gave her first update on a major overhaul to the Stark law, saying that a key part of the regulation will remove a barrier to doctors participating in value-based arrangements.  A major part of the agency's updates to the anti-kickback law is clarifying areas of noncompliance for doctors and updating the decades-old rules to reflect the shift from a fee-for-service model to value-based care, Verma said during the Federation of American Hospitals' policy conference in Washington Monday . . . READ MORE    

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