Tag Archives: MSSP

Do bundled payments encourage more procedures? New study offers answer

New research aims to determine whether a claim that bundled payments may actually increase costs rather than control them holds any weight. Becker’s Hospital Review and McKnight’s reported on the study from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Altarum Institute. At issue was whether bundled payments — also known as episode-based payments […]
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Not perfect, but practice makes progress for ACOs

Recently released results of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) highlight the fact that Accountable Care Organizations need to be in it for the long haul. In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued an update announcing that participating ACOs continue to show improvements in their ability to contain costs. Three hundred and […]
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Addressing the possible effects of overlapping reimbursement models

At the core of bundled payments is the goal of improving coordination between all of the facilities and agencies a patient might visit or employ during one episode of care. But as health care providers adjust to this new reimbursement model, some are experiencing trouble coordinating bundled payments with other value-based care initiatives. In the […]
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CMS is incentivizing providers to participate in its value-based care programs

The organizations who will likely thrive as health care shifts to fee-for-value payments are those who aggressively embrace the changes. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress have sent strong indications recently that the primary engine for future health care reforms will be quality rather than quantity. And based on the […]
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What does the latest data from CMS mean for Medicare accountable care organizations?

The numbers coming out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tell an encouraging story about the prospects for Medicare Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Savings Program. According to a CMS report, 243 ACOs saved Medicare $877 million in an 18-month span that ended in 2013. While that is only less […]
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Handling the Handoff: The Key to Care Transitions

In this guest post, Judy Rich, president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center, shares the innovative ways her teams are leveraging technology to support improvements in care transitions. Tucson Medical Center is also part of Arizona Connected Care, which was recently selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care […]
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