Tag Archives: shared savings

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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Learn about business pros who can make risk less risky

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called on health plans to apply for a value-based insurance test project, it stipulated that interested organizations must include financial projections and that those projections must be “actuarially certified.” While that term wouldn’t stump health plans and traditional payers – for whom the use of actuaries […]
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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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