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April 2015

Recent Stories of Interest

From ACO Business News - The new Next Generation accountable care organization model unveiled by CMS on March 10 would allow some advanced ACOs to take on significantly more risk for more potential reward. But the model also contains a few pitfalls that may scare some ACOs away. The model is designed to appeal to ACOs that have been successful either in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) or the Medicare Pioneer program. Read more

As accountable care organizations move beyond “ACO 1.0” and work to better… Read more

As payers pledge to move half or more of health care payments… Read more

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

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March 31, 2015
ACO Business News is changing its name to AIS’s Value-Based Care News

With the next (May) issue, ACO Business News is changing its name to AIS’s Value-Based Care News, to reflect more accurately the current content of the newsletter. There are no plans to alter the newsletter’s content, though AIS is always interested in reader suggestions for making the newsletter more useful. Please email Executive Editor Jill Brown at

March 17, 2015
UCSF Medical Center, John Muir Health Form ACO

UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health on March 16 said they are forming an ACO. Although the two providers will remain independent, they are launching a new development company that will house a shared services organization. The two health systems also said they will apply for a restricted Knox-Keene license effective in the Greater Bay Area to allow the ACO to contract directly with health plans. UCSF Medical Center and John Muir Health also will coordinate their Epic electronic medical record systems and patient communication portals.

March 10, 2015
CMS Adds Next-Generation ACO Model

CMS adds next-generation ACO model.

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