First Choice Health, MultiCare Health Inks New Accountable Care Deal

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First Choice Health, a Seattle-based, physician and hospital owned company and MultiCare Health System and its Accountable Care Organization MultiCare Connected Care (MCC), have announced a new ACO contract. The new contract creates access to MCC’s clinically integrated network for First Choice clients. MCC’s network includes five hospitals, 13 urgent care clinics, 11 Redi-Clinics in Rite Aid stores, plus:- More than 450 primary care providers- More than 1,200 specialists- More than 260 clinic
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3 Immediate Priorities for MACRA Success

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Editor's Note: Mark Hefner is CEO of Infina Connect Healthcare Systems, the leading provider of SaaS referral coordination solutions. Previously he led healthcare IT businesses for Allscripts, GE Healthcare and Hill-Rom.Providers of Medicare Part B services must stand up and take note: The way they are paid for Medicare is about to change drastically. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 was passed to replace the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate.  When the final rule
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Aledade Launches Primary Care Physician-Led ACO

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This week, Aledade announced it is forming a new primary care physician-led Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Arkansas. The Aledade® Arkansas ACO will be the first of its kind in the state will start initially with ten independent practices consisting of more than 40 providers who provide care to over 12,000 Medicare beneficiaries.The Aledade® Arkansas ACO is supported by local partner the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (AFMC), a healthcare quality improvement organization that
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Aetna Expands Accountable Care Model with Duke Health, WakeMed Health

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Aetna is expanding its accountable care collaboration with Duke Health and WakeMed Health & Hospitals. The collaboration offers employers and individuals in 12 central North Carolina counties a health care option designed to improve quality, efficiency and the patient experience, and to control costs. The co-branded product called Aetna Whole Health–Duke Health & WakeMed, brings together Duke Health and WakeMed physicians, hospitals and outpatient facilities, as well as WakeMed Key
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3 Ways Private Exchanges Can Help Provider-Sponsored Plans Thrive

3 Ways Private Exchanges Can Help Provider-Sponsored Plans Thrive

Editor's Note: Jonathan Rickert is the CEO and Co-founder of Array Health, a provider of private insurance exchange technology that simplifies the process of buying health insurance with e-commerce platform. Provider-sponsored plans (PSPs) are a disruptive force in today’s evolving healthcare market. By combining healthcare financing and care delivery with strong, familiar brands in the local community, PSPs are able to break the traditional constraints of the fee-for-service model and deliver
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DPHO, UnitedHealthcare Launch Accountable Care Program

DPHO, UnitedHealthcare Launch Accountable Care Program

DeKalb Physician Hospital Organization (DPHO) and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care program to improve people’s health and their satisfaction with their healthcare experience.Through this collaboration, UnitedHealthcare and DPHO will work together to better coordinate patients’ care, using shared technology, timely data and information about emergency room visits and hospital admissions. This partnership will also provide services to help patients manage their chronic health
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Study: Emergency Medicine Tops Most Complex Physician Schedules

Emergency Medicine Tops Healthcare’s Most Complex Physician Schedules

New research on physician shift scheduling trends shows that emergency medicine departments in the U.S. balance the most complex sets of staffing rules and monthly requests of any specialty in the medical sector. The report, 2016 Physician Scheduling Complexity by Specialty, analyzed rules and requests used in 5,547 department schedules across 57 medical specialties.Physician schedules in emergency medicine departments apply an average of 62 repeating scheduling rules (i.e., physicians can’t
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Humana, John Muir Partner to Offer Value-Based Care to Medicare Advantage Members

Humana, John Muir Partner to Offer Value-Based Care to Medicare Advantage Members

John Muir and Humana has teamed up to bring value-based care for Humana Medicare Advantage members in Contra Costa County. The partnership will offer a more proactive and wellness-focused health care experience for Humana’s Medicare Advantage members.Partnership DetailsAs part of the agreement, John Muir Health and Humana will develop strategies to improve the health of Humana’s Medicare Advantage members in Contra Costa County, lower costs, and manage the ongoing health needs of the
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Cigna, Integrated Independent Physicians Network Launch Collaborative Care Program

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Cigna and Integrated Independent Physicians Network, LLC have teamed up on a collaborative care program to improve access to health care, enhance care coordination and lower costs. Effective April 1, the program is part of Cigna Collaborative Care, a value-based model that will reach nearly 7,000 customers.Cigna Collaborative Care is helping to improve the health of Cigna customers while effectively managing medical costs. For example, the programs are helping to:- Close gaps in care, such as
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Wellcentive Unveils Volume to Value-based Care Calculator for Providers

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Wellcentive, an Atlanta-based provider of value-based care solutions has launched a free tool to calculate the real cost of delaying the shift from public and private payer volume to value-based care (VBC) and reimbursement. The tool called the Cost of Inaction calculator helps organizations estimate the impact, based on national benchmark data for health services and the organization-specific data users submit, of delaying effective implementation and management of VBC practices.Why Now Is The
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