From ACO Business News - Antitrust laws treat collaborations among health care providers — including accountable care organizations — differently from the way they treat price-fixing schemes. But that doesn’t mean ACOs will never merit scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission, FTC Bureau of Competition Director Deborah Feinstein says. To date, the FTC hasn’t opposed the formation of an ACO, Feinstein told attendees at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Global Health Care LLC. Read more
From Inside Health Insurance Exchanges - In the July 3 issue of HEX, we profiled several health plans that have launched a proprietary private insurance exchange (HEX 7/3/14, p. 3). For this issue, we zero in on Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans. Along with dominating the government-run public health insurance exchanges, a majority of Blues plans have launched their own private exchange. Read more
From ACO Business News - Accountable care organizations can save significant money if their patients are more engaged than average, but having engaged and activated patients isn’t enough — the ACO physicians must be well prepared to work with those patients. That’s the word from a panel of patient engagement and activation patients who spoke at the recent National Accountable Care Organization Summit, sponsored by Global Health Care LLC. Timothy Ferris, M.D., vice president of population health… Read more
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