July 31, 2020
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Fierce Healthcare | July 27, 2020

New bipartisan legislation aims to create more accountable care organizations by boosting the percentage of shared savings for new entrants and making a series of other reforms.  The Value in Health Care Act introduced on July 24 proposes  several changes to Medicare's alternative payment models. It would boost payments for not only ACOs but also extend bonus payments to clinicians working in advanced APMs. .. READ MORE    

Salient Healthcare | July 29, 2020    
Talk about down to the wire! On June 3, 2020, CMS finally decided to extend NextGen ACOs for another year. While the program was originally supposed to sunset at the end of 2020, CMS is providing some wiggle room to account for the impact of COVID-19. Given the recent significant increase in Coronavirus cases in Texas, California, and of course my home state of Florida...it looks like COVID-19 may be around longer than many people had originally hoped. .. READ MORE    

Healthcare Innovation | July 22, 2020    
The care management provided by ACOs participating in Medicare's Next Generation ACO program is proving highly effective, according to a study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC), with care management resulting in a 21-percent reduction in hospitalizations and a 22% reduction in costs.. . READ MORE    

Healthcare Dive | July 29, 2020

Dive Brief:
  • Fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries adopted telehealth for primary care at unprecedented rates as COVID-19 spread in the U.S., according to a new HHS report.
  • The report, released Tuesday by HHS' Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, analyzed claims data from January through early June and found FFS Medicare beneficiaries' use of in-person primary care fell sharply mid-March, while telehealth visits steadily ticked up to make up the deficit... 

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