Accountable Care Bulletin
  Complimentary from the publishers of Accountable Care News               August, 2015  
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  “CMS wants to continue to move an increasing percentage of Medicare payments into models that pay providers based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they provide patients, in accordance with the Department’s efforts to create opportunities for providers to
enter into alternative payment models and meet the Secretary’s new goals announced on Jan. 26, 2015 CMS also wants to enable greater engagement of beneficiaries while making the ACOs a more predictable, prospective financial model, and CMS would like to continue to provide ACOs with the flexibility to utilize additional tools to coordinate care for beneficiaries. In the next year we want to continue to set clear, measurable goals and continue to move towards our timeline to move the Medicare program -- and the health care system at large -- toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity of care they give patients. Our U.S. health system is improving quality and spending dollars more wisely and we are focused on accelerating this positive change."
- Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer; Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ); Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI); Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

"Physicians in ACO and non-ACO practices with no substantial risk for costs on average received nearly one-half of their compensation from salary, slightly less from productivity, and about 5% from quality and other factors."

Excerpted from: Accountable Care News, Volume 6 Number 8, August 2015, Industry News: "Physicians Wary of ACO Payment Largesse."

What's News
  11 recent accountable care, shared savings agreements
Becker's Hospital Review, August 12, 2015
Mobile Health Impacts Patient Engagement, Accountable Care
mHealth Intelligence, July 28, 2015
  Accountable Care, ACA Bring Medicare Stability until 2030
Health IT Analytics, July 23, 2015
Lessons from the 90s: Accountable Care and Capitation
Healthagen/Ignite Blog, July 23, 2015
Salary and Quality Compensation for Physician Practices Participating in Accountable Care Organizations
Annals of Family Medicine, July/August 2015
  No Longer a Unicorn: Improving Health Through Accountable Care Organizations
American Journal of Managed Care, July 16, 2015
This Month in Accountable Care News
  • Beyond ACOs: Will the “Health Push” and “Technology Pull” Create Accountable Care and Prevention Organizations? by Brett P. Giroir, MD
  • The New Healthcare C-Suite: Tips for Recruiting Nontraditional Candidates by Jena Abernathy
  • Editor’s Corner: David Garcia and Helen Eckert on an ACO Regulatory Inconsistency
  • Ten Things Payers and Providers Can Do Today to Start Aligning with VBR Tomorrow by Carolyn J. Wukitch and Andrei Gonzales, MD
  • Thought Leader’s Corner: "CMS finalized new regulations that govern the assignment of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries to an ACO participating in the MSSP. How did they do?”
  • Industry News with briefs regarding  AAFP and the Commonwealth Fund; AJMC; Center for Health Care Strategies; Rite Aid Health Alliance; American Association of Physician Leadership and Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis; American Action Forum; Health Affairs Blog; and Humana.
  • Catching Up with….Patrick Conway, MD, MSc
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