Accountable Care Bulletin
  Complimentary from the publishers of Accountable Care News               July, 2015  
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  “Like many others, we have recommended that CMS waive the homebound/certification requirement to allow more expansive use of home health services, including support for self-management after a certified episode and access to short-term services that do not require a full episode. In our Medicare Population Health strategy (including Pioneer ACO), we are moving from a referral relationship with our Home Health agency where primary care and home health operated in parallel, to a model where home health nurses are members of the inte-grated care team, our “boots on the ground” bringing a unique perspective and set of care coordination tools. We hope the payment system will evolve to reward this work; in the short term, waivers to support it would be a helpful development."
-Emily Brower, Executive Director, ACO Programs, Atrius Health.

"A recent Black Book™ survey of over 200 ACOs and 1000 provider organizations found that 95 percent rated financial solutions as their highest infrastructure priority; however only 19 percent of operational ACOs felt they had the necessary financial tools and resources."

Excerpted from: Accountable Care News, Volume 6 Number 7, July 2015, Industry News: "Financial Solution Key to ACO Infrastructure."

What's News
  Why EHR Interoperability is Vital for Accountable Care
EHR Intelligency, July 14, 2015
8 recent accountable care, shared savings agreements
Becker's Hospital Review, July 9, 2015
  CMS loosens rules for rural ACOs seeking upfront financial help
Modern Healthcare, June 26, 2015
Ore. Accountable Care Organizations Continue to Boost Quality
Health IT Analytics, June 25, 2015
Clinical, patient engagement key to ACO success
FierceHealthcare, June 22, 2015
Decrease in Medicare ACOs Largely Driven by Consolidation
Leavitt Partners, June 16, 2015
  The Revised Medicare ACO Program: More Options … And More Work Ahead
Health Affairs Blog, June 16, 2015
This Month in Accountable Care News
  • Creating a Dashboard for Pioneer ACOs by Craig Schneider, PhD
  • Big Data: Coming to an Alternative Payment Model Near You by Joel White
  • Editor’s Corner: Ken Perez on the Accountable Care “Gold Rush”
  • Revenue Cycle Management: Analytic Driven Insights and Efficiencies at Crystal Run Healthcare by Bobbi Brown, MBA and Leslie Hough Falk, MBA, RN
  • Thought Leader’s Corner: "What other waivers are needed to assure the success of the MSSP ACO program?”
  • Industry News with briefs regarding  CMS; Leavitt Partners and the Brookings Institution; Black Book; IHA; Trenton Health Team; and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
  • Catching Up with….David Fairchild, MD
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