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June 25, 2020
During the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations Virtual 2020 Spring Conference, panelists discussed how data sharing can be implemented in health care systems and spur the evolution of population health management. 
June 22, 2020
Technology has made it easier to deliver health care in the home in recent years, but the financing models have not caught up just yet.
June 16, 2020
During a session on telehealth at the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) 2020 Virtual Spring Conference, viewers were told to look at the proposed 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule when it is released next month to see which changes might become permanent even after the public health emergency ends.
June 15, 2020
Leaders from several different accountable care organizations (ACOs) describe their experience of creating programs to care for Medicare beneficiaries using the skilled nursing facility (SNF) waiver process.
June 10, 2020
At the virtual spring conference of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), policy officials highlighted the changes since the start of the year due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
April 13, 2020
More than half of risk-based accountable care organizations (ACOs) currently enrolled in the Medicare Shared Savings Program said they are likely to drop out due to the fear of paying losses resulting from the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a survey conducted by The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations.
 
January 13, 2020
Accountable care organization (ACO) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) remained flat this year, according to a press release from the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations issued Friday, January 10.
December 03, 2019
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have saved Medicare a total of $3.53 billion from 2013 to 2017, or $755 million after shared savings were paid out, according to a new report from the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS).
September 27, 2019
During the second plenary at the National Association of ACOs fall meeting, Meridith Seife, deputy regional inspector general, Office of Evaluation and Inspections in the HHS Office of the Inspector General, presented results from a government report identifying strategies of high-performing accountable care organizations that had improved care quality while cutting costs.
September 27, 2019
In the next 5 to 10 years, providers and health systems need to be thinking about how all the pieces of a new system that delivers holistic, value-based care fit together, said Will Shrank, MD, chief medical officer, Humana, during the opening plenary at the National Association of ACOs fall meeting.
September 11, 2019
Following the release of the latest accountable care organization (ACO) participation numbers from the CMS, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) authored its own take on the latest data around the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Medicare’s largest and most prominent value-based payment program serving 11 million patients.
July 30, 2019
Practices should make deliberate choices when choosing to participate in multiple payment reform models and should not just participate in something because it is the newest model, said Travis Broome, vice president of policy at Aledade.
July 25, 2019
A new report from the HHS’ Office of the Inspector General praises 20 high-performing accountable care organizations (ACOs) for the strategies they are using in the shift to value-based care.
July 24, 2019
Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System, discusses how the role of case management has evolved with increased attention being paid to social determinants of health and if she thinks the role will continue to evolve in the future.
July 19, 2019
Depending on how ready accountable care organizations (ACOs) are to move to risk probably affects how they view CMS’ decision to transition the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) to Pathways to Success, said Travis Broome, vice president of policy at Aledade.
July 12, 2019
You need both technology and successful case management to succeed in value-based care, explained Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System.
July 07, 2019
The healthcare system has a long way to go to make voluntary payment models more attractive before it can consider making payment models mandatory, said Travis Broome, vice president of policy at Aledade.
 
June 21, 2019
Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System, discusses which technologies are having the biggest impact for accountable care organizations (ACOs) in better managing the needs of their patients.
April 30, 2019
Transforming a practice to become proactive in delivering care, rather than reactive, will be crucial in improving patient care and reducing costs, said Thomas Graf, MD, president, Ascension Medical Group, at the spring session of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, held April 24-26 in Baltimore, Maryland.
April 27, 2019
Technology interventions have to be targeted at the right patients and be properly explained to them, explained Joann Sciandra, RN, BSN, CCM, associate vice president of healthcare management, Geisinger Health System.
April 26, 2019
The new primary care models from HHS will provide greater flexibility to practices that want to participate and deliver care in a different way to reduce hospitalizations, said Travis Broome, vice president of policy at Aledade.
March 26, 2019
Several healthcare organizations, including the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS), called on CMS’s Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) to take a more public process for developing future value-based payment models and updating existing models.
March 01, 2019
In response to a request for recommendations to help address rising drug costs, the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) has submitted comments to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
February 13, 2019
The Institute for Accountable Care has a massive database to understand which accountable care organizations (ACOs) are successful and why, as well as how best to implement accountable care programs, explained Rob Mechanic, MBA, senior fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and executive director of the Institute for Accountable Care.
February 12, 2019
In response to a Request for Information on Modifying Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA's) Rules to Improve Coordinated Care, the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) has submitted comments aimed at acknowledging the growing presence of ACOs.
February 08, 2019
As CMS prepares to implement its new Pathways to Success program (formerly Medicare Shared Savings Program) for accountable care organizations (ACOs), some ACOs may consider Medicare Advantage a more beneficial arrangement, explained Kim Kauffman, MPH, vice president of value-based care at Summit Medical Group.
February 07, 2019
While not every doctor is successful in value-based contracts, there is a shift in the right direction to more value-based care, explained Scott Hewitt, vice president, payment strategy and innovation, UnitedHealthcare.
February 06, 2019
Compared with other payment models, like bundled payments or the Comprehensive Primary Care Program, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have done a better job of saving money, said Rob Mechanic, MBA, senior fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and executive director of the Institute for Accountable Care.
January 27, 2019
There has been great engagement in accountable care organizations (ACOs) because ACOs offer a level of coordinated care that patients are looking for, explained Scott Hewitt, vice president, payment strategy and innovation, UnitedHealthcare.
January 23, 2019
The way accountable care organizations are set up makes them a perfect system of care for high-need, high-cost patients who might otherwise fall through the cracks of traditional delivery models, said Rob Mechanic, MBA, senior fellow at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and executive director of the Institute for Accountable Care.
January 10, 2019
In reponse to CMS announcing an application deadline of February 19 for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the new Pathways to Success program, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) is calling for the agency to extend the deadline until later in March.
January 04, 2019
With a number of difference payment programs being tested, it’s important to have a sophisticated evaluation of these programs to really understand their impact on quality and cost, said Allison Brennan, MPP, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Association of ACOs.
December 27, 2018
The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) has submitted commented to CMS in response to the proposed International Pricing Index Model for Medicare Part B Drugs.
December 24, 2018
There are additional areas of improvement for Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) beyond what was proposed in the Pathways to Success regulation, said Allison Brennan, MPP, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS).
December 06, 2018
Pushing accountable care organizations (ACOs) to take on risk faster will likely result in ACOs that aren’t ready just dropping out of the program and could impact participation in value-based care, said Allison Brennan, MPP, senior vice president of government affairs for the National Association of ACOs.
November 27, 2018
A look at upcoming events hosted by the National Association of ACOs.
October 16, 2018
According to a new survey of accountable care organizations (ACOs), 60% said they would have been unlikely to have entered the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) under CMS' proposed changes, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) acocunced. NAACOS also submitted a 39-page comment letter to CMS regarding the proposed MSSP overhaul.
October 15, 2018
Private payers are getting more engaged in accountable care organizations (ACOs), said Clif Gaus, ScD, president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs.
October 10, 2018
Contracts for accountable care organizations (ACOs) can be very different depending on who the payer is, according to Katherine Schneider, MD, MPhil, FAAFP, president and CEO of Delaware Valley ACO.
October 09, 2018
CMS’ accountable care organization program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), could potentially be undergoing some big changes. During the recent fall 2018 meeting of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), the proposed changes were top of mind. Attendees were most concerned about how the faster timeline to taking on risk would impact participation, but were pleased with changes to the benchmark and risk adjustment.
October 08, 2018
At the National Association of ACOs Fall 2018 conference, private payers discussed how they are working with accountable care organizations (ACOs) to create new opportunities in the commercial market.
October 08, 2018
During the opening plenary and panel at the fall 2018 meeting of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), Adam Boehler, of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, highlighted the fact that CMS has to provide predictability and simplicity to get more accountable care organizations to take on risk and succeed, but that those who are not "cutting it" should "get out of the way" for others.
October 08, 2018
Rob Fields, MD, assistant profession, family medicine and community health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and senior vice president, chief medical officer, population health at Mount Sinai Health System, discusses how Mount Sinai’s accountable care organizations (ACOs) will have to adjust to the proposed CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) changes.
October 06, 2018
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are of 2 minds right now. On the one hand, there is a lot of excitement for the future of ACOs, but there is also great anxiety around the changes that CMS proposed for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), said Clif Gaus, ScD, president and CEO of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS).
October 05, 2018
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) often care for patients with complex, chronic conditions that can lead to high expenditures and utilization of care. During a session at the National Association of ACOs Fall 2018 conference, being held October 3-5 in Washington, DC, panelists discussed how ACOs can design and implement strategies that deliver high-quality, low-cost care for these patients.
October 05, 2018
At the National Association of ACOs Fall 2018 conference, being held October 3-5 in Washington, DC, panelists shared successful innovative initiatives that have been developed by their accountable care organizations (ACOs). What worked and what did not was the focus of the conversation led by Debbie Welle-Powell, chief population health officer, Essentia Health.
September 20, 2018
The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) joined 8 other organizations in writing to CMS Administrator Seema Verma regarding the proposed rule for the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
September 19, 2018
A new report contradicts CMS’ claim that the Medicare Shared Savings Program increased Medicare spending by $344 million from 2013 to 2015. The new analysis finds that accountable care organizations (ACOs) actually reduced federal spending by $542 million after accounting for shared savings payments earned.
August 27, 2018
The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) released a statement commending CMS for their evaluation of the first year of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model.
August 13, 2018
Following CMS’ announcement of a proposed rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) released a statement, saying the move will “upend the ACO [accountable care organization] movement by creating havoc with a significant overhaul introducing many untested and troubling policies.”
August 09, 2018
CMS is proposing an overhaul for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program by reducing the amount of time an ACO can stay in a 1-sided risk arrangement to 2 years. CMS said it expects to save about $2.24 billion over 10 years even as the number of ACOs drop. CMS is renaming the program "Pathways to Success." 
July 19, 2018
Providing a road map for accountable care organizations (ACOs) trying to navigate the path toward value-based care, the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) has announced the agenda for its fall conference, held October 3-5 in Washington, DC.
July 09, 2018
The National Associations of ACOs (NAACOS) submitted comments in response to HHS’ Request for Information on establishing a Healthcare Sector Innovation Investment Workgroup to foster new and innovative approaches to tackle challenges facing the healthcare system.
June 10, 2018
Healthcare organizations have sent a letter to HHS, urging it to count physician participation in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans toward participation criteria for the Advanced Alternative Payment Model track of the Quality Payment Program.
May 04, 2018
Farzad Mostashari, MD, of Aledade, and Richard Gilfillan, MD, of Trinity Health, highlight the successes of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and how they've impacted care across the healthcare system, and offered suggestions for improving the Medicare Shared Savings Program.
May 02, 2018
The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) said Wednesday that a survey it conducted showed 71% of respondents indicated they are likely to leave the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) due to concerns over having to assume risk.
April 30, 2018
Providing advanced home care can help reduce hospital admissions for the elderly, but these programs aren’t easy to get up and running, according to panelists at the spring 2018 conference of the National Association of ACOs.
April 26, 2018
There are 3 major components in the 21st Century Cures Act that will fix the technology challenges facing healthcare and accountable care organizations (ACOs), said Don Rucker, national coordinator of health information technology (IT) in HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, at the spring 2018 conference of the National Association of ACOs.
March 21, 2018
Two years ago, CMS announced a new model for accountable care organizations (ACOs) that had participants take on greater performance risk but also potentially greater rewards. After the Next Generation ACO Model grew to a list that included 58 organizations across the nation, 7 have now dropped out after CMS made changes to risk adjustment.
January 23, 2018
Earlier this month, CMS announced that 561 accountable care organizations will be participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2018, with 10.5 million assigned beneficiaries.
October 13, 2017
Despite their large and growing reach, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are still learning how to manage their populations and are slowly accepting more financial risk, according to the results of the Annual ACO Survey from the National Association of ACOs and Leavitt Partners.
April 25, 2017
Will bundled payments be implemented quickly or slowly? Will they be voluntary or mandatory? There's disagreement about what the ongoing movement toward accountable care should look like.
October 21, 2016
In the keynote speech at the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, started out by providing a broad picture of Medicare reform before narrowing it down to what is happening on the ground.
October 01, 2016
During a session of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, panelists discuss the benefits of integrating behavioral health and the role accountable care organizations can play.
September 30, 2016
During the fall meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) in Washington, DC, speakers from the government and from various ACOs across the country shared their insights into the success and opportunities of these delivery models. Here are 5 takeaways from the NAACOS fall conference.
September 29, 2016
During the plenary session on the first day of the fall meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, CMS' Sean Cavanaugh discussed the outcomes of the Medicare ACO programs and members of 2 successful ACOs joined him on stage to provide their input.
January 29, 2014
A survey of Medicare ACOs after their first year in operations suggests that all parties, government and private sector health organizations, have improvements to make in the coming years, especially when it comes to sharing data.


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