Accountable Care Bulletin
  Complimentary from the publishers of Accountable Care News              September, 2016  
The Challenges and Opportunities for Medicare Advantage Plans in 2017
  Sponsor Message  
  "There are certainly ACOs that need a catalyst to initiate care redesign programs to improve quality and reduce expenses. They may have invested heavily in technology and tools to improve patient outcomes and yet may have suffered losses. These organizations—many of which have taken a tentative approach to value-based care—often haven’t unlocked the full potential of risk-based models to use data to improve patient outcomes. However, for some, increased financial downside risk can be the catalyst they need to create focused strategies and make investments around what it takes to be successful as an ACO. By assuming more downside risk, executives become more likely to embrace the tools and processes that lead to better patient care."
- Brian Fuller, Vice President, Value-Based Care, naviHealth.

"Hospitals pick up 60% of the burden of uncompensated care with the rest provided by community providers and physicians."

Excerpted from: Accountable Care News, Number 9, September 2016, "Healthcare Providers Face Five Key Challenges, Solutions Not Far Away"

What's News
  Medicare ACO Results For 2015: The Journey Continues
Health Affairs Blog, September 9, 2016
Measuring the Cost Implications of the Collaborative ACO Initiative in Texas
The American Journal of Managed Care, September 8, 2016
Medicare ACOs in the Trenches: How to Survive (Part 1)
Healthcare Informatics, September 7, 2016
  High-performing ACOs Demonstrate Savings, Improved Care
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), September 7, 2016
  The Promise and Pitfalls of Bundled Payments
The Commonwealth Fund/To The Point blog, September 7, 2016
  ACOs saved $466 million in 2015
Healthcare Finance News, August 25, 2016
  Financial Performance of Rural Medicare ACOs
The Journal of Rural Health, abstract only, August 24, 2016
  Experts split on the financial success of accountable care organizations
FierceHealthcare, August 17, 2016
This Month in Accountable Care News
  • Healthcare Providers Face Five Key Challenges, Solutions Not Far Away
  • The Cost of Inaction: Why Healthcare Delivery Can't Afford to Ignore the Movement From Volume to Value by Tom Zajac
  • What's on Your Mind: Accountable Care Organizations in 2016: Private, Public Sector Growth and Dispersion by David Muhlestein and Mark McClellan
  • Accountable Care’s Move to Two-Sided Risk by Richard A. Royer, MBA
  • Thought Leaders' Corner: "Is Assuming More Financial Risk the Answer to Success for Accountable Care Organizations?"
  • Industry News with briefs regarding OneCare Vermont; Summa Health; Cleveland Clinic; University Hospitals.
  • Catching Up with... Suzanne Frances Delbanco, Ph.D.
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