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September 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From ACO Business News - Bundled payments initiatives — touted by some as the way to bring specialists into value-based care and the next major focus for provider payment reform — are showing some initial sporadic success, particularly in commercial contracts. However, they also are proving slower than anticipated to roll out within Medicare, and experts who have studied bundled payment pilots and demonstrations say the barriers to adopting such payments — especially issues defining the bundles — could mean it will take much longer for them to gain any real traction. “There is a lot of sound and fury surroun Read more

Orange County, Calif.-based St. Joseph Hoag Health and CHOC Children’s say they… Read more

Eight new pacts between accountable care organizations and retail pharmacy chains for… Read more

An Idaho federal court decision ordering a hospital system to unwind its… Read more

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September 23, 2014
ACO Improvement Act Would Expand Use of Telemedicine

ACO Improvement Act (H.R. 5558) would expand use of telemedicine.

September 16, 2014
Florida Blue, Baptist Health Care Form ACO

Florida Blue, Baptist Health Care form ACO.

September 10, 2014
Aetna Partners with Weill Cornell MDs on ACO

Aetna partners with Weill Cornell MDs on ACO.

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