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  "AMGA was very pleased to see CMS take the necessary steps to simplify some of the administrative components for data sharing in the MSSP program. The proposed, more streamlined approach will provide greater access to beneficiary data with less administrative burden on ACOs. We are also pleased to see that CMS has proposed extending various payment waivers to ACOs but feel that it should fully maximize the impact of this proposal by extending these waivers to all ACOs. All Medicare beneficiaries should be able to receive the benefits of the design changes that would result from these waivers, no matter which participation track their ACO elects."
- Donald W. Fisher, PhD, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Medical Group Association

For the fifth year in a row, the vast majority (83.3%) of respondents said their organizations are involved with ACOs, including development, operation, or contracting arrangements. Vendors (or others) were the most likely positive respondent category at 88.2%, slightly more than providers (85.2%) and considerably more than purchasers at 66.7%.

Excerpted from: Accountable Care News, Volume 6 Number 2, February 2015, "Results of the 2014 ACO e-Poll"

What's News
  CMS condemned by ACOs for "micromanaging" IT requirements
Becker's Hospital Review, February 11, 2015
Lazerow: What the 'historic' commitment to accountable care really means
The Daily Briefing/The Advisory Board Company, February 11, 2015
  Accountable Care Organizations: Testing Their Impact
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, February 10, 2015
Cost Saving and Quality of Care in a Pediatric Accountable Care Organization
Pediatrics, February 9, 2015
Accountable Care Takes New Forms as Fee-for-Service Fades
Health IT Analytics, February 6, 2015
  Rethinking ACOs
Government Health IT, February 5, 2015
  Accountable Care Task Force Outlines Rules for Value-Based Care
EHR Intelligence, January 30, 2015
  Moving Forward with Accountable Care
Healthcare Financial Managment Association (HFMA), January 26, 2015
This Month in Accountable Care News
  • Results of the 2014 ACO e-Poll By MCOL and Accountable Care News
  • Seeking Synergy: How CFOs and CMOs Can Prosper Together By Carson F. Dye, FACHE
  • Editor's Corner: James Cottam, PhD on the Role of Rapid Diagnostics in Improving Patient Outcomes in the ACA Era
  • Thought Leader's Corner: "What pleased you and what disappointed you about the new CMS proposed rule for MSSP ACOs?"
  • Industry News with briefs regarding CMS; The Health Care Transformation Task Force; Dartmouth-Hitchcok Norris Cotton Cancer Center; Pediatrics Journal; Humana and Summa Health System; and Medical Economics.
  • Catching Up with ... Jonathan P. Weiner, DrPH
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