June 5, 2020
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Privia Health| May 29, 2020

Key Insights:
  • Providers in alternative payment models (APMs) used population health strategies to slow the COVID-19 pandemic, showing the need for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in critical situations.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has declared that COVID-19 expenditures will not be counted against existing ACOs' performance metrics.
  • For future ACOs: CMS has not designated a 2021 enrollment period for new ACOs or Next Generation ACOs.

Health Affairs | June 3, 2020    
The coronavirus has taken a devastating toll on Americans across the country, in lives lost and economic impacts. The health care system has been impacted along with many other aspects of American life. Providers have been greatly affected as they strive to do the right thing by delaying elective surgeries; they have faced disruption in critical revenue streams, and simultaneously experienced increased costs for Personal Protective Equipment. . . READ MORE    

Modern Healthcare | June 3, 2020    
CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation offered clarity Wednesday on the future of its Next Generation and direct contracting models after providers publicly expressed uncertainty and confusion.  The Innovation Center  announced  the Next Generation ACO model will get a one-year extension and the Direct Contracting Model will begin April 1, a three-month delay from the original start date. . . READ MORE    

CareJourney | June 2, 2020
According to the American Heart Association, more than 1.5M people in the United States experience a heart attack or stroke each year, with heart disease and stroke consistently among the top causes of death and disability. This costs the US healthcare system over $350B annually.  However, heart attacks and strokes are, in many cases, preventable. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals have seen drastic reductions in admissions for heart attacks and strokes; in an informal poll, well over half of cardiologists reported reductions in admissions for heart attacks of 40% or more... READ MORE    

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