Accountable Care Bulletin
  Complimentary from the publishers of Accountable Care News               March, 2015  
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  “HHS Secretary Burwell jolted the provider community on January 26 with the announcement that 50% of provider payments will be value-based or based on a fee-for-service alternative payment method by 2018. Both ACO shared savings and bundled payments will certainly play a role in achieving the CMS goal. Most experts see shared-savings as a transitional model, allowing organized health systems time to put the systems and care model in place to successfully accept global population risk. However, since not all providers will be in position to bear significant risk, bundled payments may offer an attractive alternative with the potential to trim cost and improve quality.”
- Dale Anderson, MD, Managing Director, BDC Advisor’s ACO Practice, Columbus, OH

57% of health plans are self-funded today, an increase of nearly 30% in the past ten years.

Excerpted from: Accountable Care News, Volume 6 Number 3, March 2015, "ACO “Direct-to-Employer” Health Plans – WHY NOT? "

What's News
  8 recent accountable care agreements
Becker's Hospital Review, March 11, 2015
The New Next Generation ACO Model: Cause for Optimism?
Healthcare Informatics blog, March 11, 2015
  Affordable Care Act initiative builds on success of ACOs
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services News Release, March 10, 2015
Flexible Healthcare Data Strategy a Must for Accountable Care
Health IT Analytics, March 2, 2015
Pioneering Pediatric ACO Drops Costs but Quality Gains Prove Elusive
H&HN Daily, February 23, 2015
  ACOs Don't Limit Use Of Cardiovascular Care
Health IT Outcomes, February 20, 2015
  Accountable Care, Quality Metrics Must Combine for Improvement
EHR Intelligence, February 20, 2015
  CMS Offers New Accountable Care Payment Model for Oncologists
Health IT Analytics, February 17, 2015
This Month in Accountable Care News
  • ACO “Direct-to-Employer” Health Plans – WHY NOT? by Jack Hill and Bret Petrick, CLU, ChFC, CSFS
  • Compatibility between Accountable Care and Workers Compensation by Jacob Lazarovic, MD, FAAFP
  • Editor’s Corner: Tal Eidelberg on Taking a Free Shot at the Biggest Ticket Item in Healthcare
  • Innovation Drives Unique Care Model for Active and Frail Older Adults by Balu Gadhe, MD
  • Thought Leader’s Corner: “Do you think bundled payments will overtake ACO shared savings models as the preferred value-based payment model of the future?”
  • Industry News with briefs regarding CMS; The Commonwealth Fund; the Berkely Forum; Care Connect Northwest; Humana and Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin; Annals of Family Medicine; and Health Affairs.
  • Catching Up with ….  Joseph M. Gifford, MD
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