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RevCycleIntelligence | September 8, 2022
Medicare’s Shared Savings Program (MSSP) saved CMS $1.66 billion in 2021, marking the fifth consecutive year of overall savings for the program; however, savings from performance year 2021 represent a decline from 2020, when ACOs saved Medicare $1.9 billion. The 475 participating ACOs compromising half a million clinicians provided service to 11,000,000 Medicare patients, with 99 percent of organizations meeting quality standards. Nearly 60 percent of ACOs in the program also earned performance payments from CMS, worth a total of $1.9 billion. RevCycleIntelligence breaks down those ACO performance payments and ranks the top ten MSSP earners from 2021 according to their earned savings.
In 2019, 48 percent of Medicare-Medicaid dual-eligible beneficiaries identified as being from a racially/ethnically minoritized group, while only 21.6 percent of Medicare-only beneficiaries were from racially/ethnically minoritized groups. Since 2006 the percent of dual-eligible beneficiaries from racially/ethnically minoritized groups has grown by 19.2 percent, and we can expect this growth to continue as our population ages and diversifies. Dual-eligible beneficiaries are also more likely than non-dual-eligible beneficiaries to experience adverse health outcomes. The link among dual eligibility, race, and adverse health outcomes is not coincidental. Researchers have noted that...
“We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at present. ― Thomas A. Edison. Value-based care (VBC) and population health management (PHM) will be impacted for years to come as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is little doubt that COVID-19 brought about significant changes in patient care and forced many healthcare providers to adopt VBC strategies as a means of survival. As the healthcare industry continues to struggle with staffing shortages, rising costs of basic supplies, and a growing demand for patient care, the need for a transition to VBC will continue to grow. 
Are accountable care organizations (ACOs) potentially creating financial savings by neglecting or limiting care for serious mental illness (SMI)? A team of researchers has examined the issue for an article in Health Affairs. Based on their analysis, it appears that such is not the case; but there is complexity, which the researchers explore in their article. In the article published in the August issue of Health Affairs and entitled “ACO Participation Associated With Decreased Spending For Medicare Beneficiaries With Serious Mental Illness,” José F. Figueroa, Jessica Phelan, Helen Newton, E. John Orav, and Ellen R. Meara look at the complexities around care for serious mental illness for Medicare patients enrolled in Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs. What they find is complex and somewhat nuanced.
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The Teacher Becomes the Student: How to Successfully Implement Value-Based Care Strategies into Academic Medical Centers
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September 27, 2022 | 1 PM EST

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A Panel Discussion: Our Post-COVID Healthcare System & What We Have Learned
  • Topic: Factors that contributed to the breakdown of healthcare systems, lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis, and recommendations for creating a stronger healthcare system
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October 13, 2022 | 2 PM EST


What can still be done to impact 2022 shared savings
  • Topic: How to make the most of the remainder of 2022 to improve shared savings
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How a Shared Care Program Can Save People’s Vision While
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  • Topic: How shared care programs can be enabled to help patients with diabetic retinopathy
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November 13 - 16, 2022 | Las Vegas, NV
This week's focus: Bringing the Laboratory to the Patient's Home
Each week we showcase one of our solution providers in a 4-5 minute interview and ask them what they bring to the VBC Community and what sets them apart. 
Today's guest:
BioReference Laboratories, Inc. is one of the largest full service specialty laboratory in the United States. With a focus on genetics, oncology, urology and women’s health, BioReference offers comprehensive test solutions and unparalleled expertise based on a 40 year legacy of proven science. Delivering reliable, convenient and innovative diagnostic solutions tailored to the specific needs of healthcare providers, patients and organizations, and with a vision to provide high quality, personalized diagnostics to all patients, BioReference is a trusted laboratory partner for value-based care organizations.
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