November 1, 2019
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Modern Healthcare | October 22, 2019 
A bipartisan pair of senators on Tuesday introduced a bill to fix the so-called "rural glitch" in the CMS' reimbursement formula for accountable care organizations and potentially increase reimbursement rates for ACO providers under the Medicare Shared Savings Program... READ MORE   
RevCycle Intelligence | October 22, 2019 
The introduction of Pathways to Success may behind falling accountable care organization (ACO) participation numbers, according to researchers from Leavitt Partners and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University.  Using information pulled from Torch Insight, a healthcare database from Leavitt Partners Insight, the researchers reported in a new Health Affairs  blogpost  that there were 1,588 public and private ACO contracts covering nearly 44 million lives by the end of the third quarter of 2019. .. READ MORE   
HealthAffairs | October 25, 2019 
In late September 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the performance results for the sixth year (2018) of Medicare's flagship Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Over the last several years and from a variety of different angles, we have tracked the progress of this program, which has generally shown good quality of care and outcomes, and modest but increasing cost savings over time, relative to CMS benchmarks. . . READ MORE   
HealthLeaders | October 31, 2019    
Support for telehealth is breaking political barriers in the nation's Capitol. In a bipartisan, bicameral initiative, legislation to expand telehealth services through Medicare was introduced yesterday, led by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), with a companion bill presented to the House of Representatives.. . READ MORE    

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