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March 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From ACO Business News - As payers pledge to move half or more of health care payments into value-based arrangements within the next few years, they’re experimenting with a variety of different ways to get specialists — and the significant chunk of health care spending they control — on board. It may not be possible to move every specialist into a value-based payment arrangement, accountable care stakeholders agree. However, there are many conditions — oncology, cardiac disease, diabetes and joint replacement, for example — where specialists control the care and the spending. Read more

CMS will experiment with moving cancer care into a value-based system with… Read more

HHS wants to see 30% of fee-for-service Medicare payments transition to alternative… Read more

The partnership, announced on Sept. 17, 2014, encompasses Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Good… Read more

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February 12, 2015
CMS Launches Oncology Episode-Based Payment System

CMS launches Oncology Care Model episode-based payment system. http://tinyurl.com/mb87dvq

February 6, 2015
Premier, Others Comment on MSSP Proposed Rule

Thirty-four organizations sent CMS comments on the MSSP proposed rule, including Premier, which said the program imposes too much risk with too little reward. http://tinyurl.com/oduc68p

February 6, 2015
BCBSTX, Texas Medical Launch New Kind of ACO

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas Medical Association are forming a statewide ACO-like entity dubbed TMA PracticeEdge.

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