January 3, 2020
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HFMA | January 2, 2020    
Medicare has clarified that providers cannot participate in both accountable care organizations (ACOs) and coming direct-contracting arrangements after 2020. The clarification - and others - came amid early provider feedback on the model, which is slated to start this spring.  
Providers sought a range of clarifications on the  Direct Contracting model  from staff of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during a series of webinars throughout December... READ MORE    

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Becker's Hospital Review | December 16, 2020    
The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 withthe goals of controlling healthcare costs and decreasing the number of people without health insurance.  While progress has been made to expand coverage (the percentage of uninsured Americans  dropped from 17% in 2003 to 12% in 2018),  overall expenditures continue to rise. .. READ MORE    

Fierce Healthcare | December 12, 2019 
The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) today launched a new taskforce to help doctors and hospitals understand and prepare for new value-based payment models.  The nonprofit organization, which represents hundreds of organizations participating in new payment and delivery models, announced the formation of its  direct contracting task force  that will offer tools to providers to assess and participate in the latest accountable care model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). . . READ MORE   
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