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December 2014

Recent Stories of Interest

From ACO Business News - Accountable care’s influence on Medicare Advantage plans is on the rise, with new ACO-based MA plans announced as part of the Annual Election Period this year and insurers building in infrastructure that will allow them to shift some plans, especially those with narrower networks, to value-based reimbursement in the future. However, at this point there hasn’t been a large-scale movement of ACOs building their own risk-bearing entities and forming their own MA plans — a strategy that’s been touted as a way to transition from the first three-year contract period for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) into something more lucrative for provider groups (ABN 8/13, p. 1). Read more

In a move that could cast a shadow over efforts to form… Read more

It’s not easy to earn shared savings in either of Medicare’s accountable… Read more

Massachusetts, where state law specifically encourages value-based provider payment, saw the percentage… Read more

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November 20, 2014
Interest in Boeing ACOs Rises

Boeing reports ‘high degree of interest’ in ACO plans: http://tinyurl.com/pqspden.

November 10, 2014
Boeing Launches ACO Health Plan

Open enrollment for Boeing’s ACO plan started Friday. http://tinyurl.com/k5sx56q

November 3, 2014
CMS Tweaks Quality Measures, Bonus System for MSSP

CMS tweaks quality measures, bonus system for MSSP. http://tinyurl.com/kd3thcs

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