The Next Generation ACO: Why CMS is offering higher risks, higher rewards

On March 10, 2015, CMS Innovation Center unveiled the latest in accountable care organizations, this time testing to see if a high-risk, high-reward model can successfully improve health outcomes and reduce costs for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiar…

Individuals worry EHRs, data exchanges worsen privacy, security

Healthcare organizations must address consumers’ concerns about individual control and privacy of their information to make health information exchanges and distributed research networks work, according to new research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Meaningful Use Stage 3: A battle for appropriate patient engagement requirements

Battle lines are being drawn between Meaningful Use Stage 3 supporters and those not so keen on some or all of the newly proposed rules.read more

AMA Joins with Stakeholders and Specialty Societies to Call on CMS to Improve ACO Program

Physicians, hospitals, medical group practices and other stakeholders are joining together today to call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further improve the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and make it more sustainable….

Economist: Slow growth in healthcare spending is likely here to stay

Rising healthcare costs have been haunting both the sector and individual Americans for decades, but what if the recent slowdown in increases is actually permanent? That’s the argument of Temple University economics professor Tom E. Getzen, who also serves as executive director of the International Health Economics Association.

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Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: <br>An Examination of Market and Policy Strategies

Consolidation between and among hospitals and physicians can lead to improvements in efficiency and quality of care, but it also tends to raise prices for health care services. As part of their Commonwealth Fund–supported study, researchers outlined eight strategies to promote greater competition on price and quality.

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