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When it was launched 56 years ago, Medicare became the first single-payer insurance program in the U.S., guaranteeing medical coverage to virtually every American once they turned 65. Medicare has proven to be a crucial feature of the U.S. safety net, providing healthcare services to tens of millions of Americans while helping to keep them out of poverty. The JAMA Internal Medicine study has validated the importance of Medicare in terms of leveling the playing field for Americans when it comes to healthcare access — a gap that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Catalyst for Payment Reform | July 27, 2021

Like so many technologies before it, telehealth is a disruptive force with seemingly limitless potential. It can be a phone call between a doctor and a patient, or a message exchange between a primary care provider and a specialist. It can even be a consumer answering a few simple questions online and getting the prescription they need with the help of an algorithm. Telehealth has gone through a roller coaster ride in the last year and a half. In the early months of the pandemic, the number of virtual visits between providers and patients surged to a magnitude never before imagined.
Managed Healthcare Executive | July 25, 2021
Will accountable care organizations (ACOs) be the value-based payment model of the future?That depends. As the value-based care market has changed, ACO numbers have dropped and competitive payment models have attracted medical groups. ACOs need to prove that the shared savings model can increase historical savings and retain provider participation. And they may have limited time to do it. The key to achieving this goal is to advance strategies beyond coordination of care and population health.
Physicians Practice | July 7, 2021
More than one-third of U.S. healthcare payments flow through an advanced payment model (APM), such as shared savings, shared risk or capitated payment. Yet for the majority of physician practices, most of their revenue is not tied to risk-based arrangements, leading to significant opportunities to participate in these models. Accountable care organizations (ACOs) can be a good starting point for an APM journey because this type of model starts with upside risk only, which allows practices to test the waters before wading into more complex arrangements that require them to assume greater risk.
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This week's focus: Meeting Providers' Needs At Multiple Levels
Each week we showcase one of our solution providers in a 4-5 minute interview and ask them what they bring to the ACO Community and what sets them apart. Today's guest:
Platinum Level Exhibitors
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