Accountable Care Organizations

Healthcare News of Note: U.S. Surgeon General says the nation must stop health worker burnout

Healthcare News of Note for healthcare finance professionals is a roundup of recent news articles: U.S. Surgeon General says healthcare worker burnout is a national issue that must be addressed, the Digital Health for Equitable Health Alliance was just launched, and a survey shows funding is needed for ACOs to provide more home-based services.

Deborah Filipek June 21, 2022

CMS’s overhaul of the Direct Contracting program draws praise from supporters of value-based payment

Value-based payment advocates see reason for optimism in CMS’s recent decision on the future of its Direct Contracting model.

Nick Hut March 4, 2022

Medicare’s much-hyped Direct Contracting model faces an uncertain future

Medicare’s Direct Contracting model, touted as representing the evolution of alternative payment models, could be shelved less than a year after getting started.

Nick Hut February 16, 2022

Small study finds health systems lagging in providing value-based payment incentives to physicians

Despite the increasing proliferation of alternative payment models, a new study finds that health systems generally don’t give physicians financial incentives to improve the value of care delivery.

Nick Hut February 14, 2022

Accountable care models will be almost universal for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries by 2030, CMS leaders say

A forthcoming revamp of federal value-based payment models will include features designed to encourage provider participation, CMS and CMMI leaders said.

Nick Hut October 21, 2021

Report by Medicare trustees describes a daunting payment picture for healthcare providers

The Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is on course to run out of money by 2026, and that assessment wasn’t the only concerning part for hospitals in a new government report.

Nick Hut September 8, 2021

4 keys to sustaining financial viability in the shift to value

A leading ACO in Texas has found a way to thrive despite systemic factors that can discourage value-based initiatives.

Andrew Ziskind, MD August 30, 2021

Evolving approach to federal value-based payment models will emphasize equity, affordability

Leaders with CMS and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation have published a rough blueprint of the future of value-based payment at the federal level.

Nick Hut August 16, 2021

FY22 rule for the Inpatient Prospective Payment System finalizes a payment increase and key policy updates

The base payment increase for hospital inpatient services in FY22 will be 2.5%, according to a final rule issued by CMS.

Nick Hut August 3, 2021

ACO leaders support new bill designed to boost participation in value-based payment

Accountable care organizations stand to benefit from a new bill that would increase investment funding and make changes to federal ACO programs, several executives said.

Nick Hut July 26, 2021
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