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March 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From ACO Business News - HHS wants to see 30% of fee-for-service Medicare payments transition to alternative payment methods such as accountable care organizations or bundled payments by the end of 2016, and intends to have half of all Medicare payments go through value-based contracts by the end of 2018. The department also set a goal of tying 85% of all traditional Medicare payments to quality or value by 2016 and 90% by 2018 through initiatives such as the Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program and the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Read more

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

Accountable care organizations seem like they would show great promise as the… Read more

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is experimenting with allowing… 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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