February 7, 2020
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Fierce Healthcare | February 5, 2020    
The Next Generation  Accountable Care Organization Program appears to be on shaky ground as the Trump administration questions its capacity to generate savings and a potential replacement revs up.  The five-year demonstration program will expire at the end of 2020 unless the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar decides to extend it or make it permanent ... READ MORE    

Patient EngagementHIT | February 4, 2020
Despite agreement that the social determinants of health (SDOH) can impact accountable care organization (ACO) success, many see challenges in integrating interventions into practice, according to a new study published in Health Affairs obtained ahead of print by journalists. Specifically, ACOs face challenges in collecting data about patients experiencing key SDOH, creating meaningful community health partnerships, and making a financial case for SDOH interventions, the researchers said... READ MORE    

Health Affairs | February 3, 2020
Despite interest in addressing social determinants of health to improve patient outcomes, little progress has been made in integrating social services with medical care. We aimed to understand how health care providers with strong motivation (for example, operating under new payment models) and commitment (for example, early adopters) fared at addressing patients' social needs. We collected qualitative data from twenty-two accountable care organizations (ACOs)... READ MORE    

RevCycle Intelligence | February 4, 2020    
AMGA (American Medical Group Association) recently sent a letter to Congress outlining what it views as 2020's top priorities for medical groups and health systems. Chief among the group's recommendations was better claims data access for providers and patients in a value-based care world.. . READ MORE    

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