McKesson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Launch Value-based Care Collaborative

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McKesson Business Performance Services and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) have launched a new company, ACO Partner, a Maximum Services Organization, an innovative collaborative that will leverage McKesson’s physician engagement, care management, and population health services and technology. ACO Partner plans to contract with payers and provider groups nationwide to increase the overall quality of care through strong partnerships in pursuit of the triple aim of lowering costs,
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CMS Launches Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model

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On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its largest-ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid. The initiative called the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model will be implemented in up to 20 regions and can accommodate up to 5,000 practices, which would encompass more than 20,000 doctors and clinicians and the 25 million people they serve. The initiative builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care initiative launched
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Aetna, St. John Health ACO Partner to Improve Patient Experience

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Aetna and St. John Health System, a part of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system, today announced a collaboration to launch Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI in Tulsa County. This new health care product enables doctors to deliver highly coordinated care, track outcomes through shared data, and measure clinical standards to improve quality and efficiency.As part of Aetna Whole Health St. John OKHI, Aetna members will receive coordinated care through Tulsa-area St.
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69% of Providers/Payers Are Uncomfortable with Risks of Value-Based Care

69 percent of healthcare providers and payers are uncomfortable with the risks of value-based care, and 77 percent agree that some providers are losing money by adopting the approach.

By 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will require 50 percent of payments to be value-based, meaning providers are compensated for healthy outcomes rather than each service provided. According to new research from Xerox, 69 percent of healthcare providers and payers are uncomfortable with the risks of value-based care, and 77 percent agree that some providers are losing money by adopting the approach. The Xerox survey reveals that healthcare payers and providers
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Aetna, Mount Sinai To Form Accountable Care Alliance

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Aetna and Mount Sinai Health Partners – the clinically integrated network that includes the Mount Sinai Health System and a group of voluntary providers are teaming up to form the form an accountable care collaboration designed to enhance coordinated patient care and lower health care costs. Accountable Care Alliance Details Under the three-year agreement, members of Aetna commercial plans who receive care from Mount Sinai physicians will benefit from quality and cost efficiency improvements
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CMS’ Next Generation ACO Model: The True Cost of Healthcare’s Transformation

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Will providers taking on more risk produce create cost savings and better healthcare for the underserved? Healthcare experts April Wortham Collins and Dutch Dwight weigh in. The ACO. It was hailed as the care delivery and payment model that would cure healthcare’s inefficiency ills and financial woes. While we’ve seen some quality improvement from Medicare’s Shared Savings Program, the U.S government has yet to see actual savings. Now, CMS has unveiled a more enticing model for providers to
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Aetna, Meridian Health Partner to Create Co-Branded ACO

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Aetna and Meridian Health are teaming up to create co-branded, commercial, product-based accountable care organization agreement, which is through Meridian Health Partners, Meridian’s clinically integrated network. It offers employers in Monmouth and Ocean counties a health care model designed to improve quality, efficiency and the patient experience. The ACO includes doctors who are part of Meridian Health Partners, doctors at Meridian hospitals, and affiliated ancillary providers and
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Health Choice Preferred, Cigna Form Accountable Care Collaboration

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Health Choice Preferred, a division of IASIS Healthcare, and Cigna have announced an accountable care collaboration designed to offer more than 16,000 Cigna commercial customers in Utah a more coordinated, personalized healthcare option. The collaboration ties value-based incentives to performance improvements that support population health management and improve outcomes for Cigna’s customers. Health Choice Preferred’s integrated network of healthcare providers utilize a broad range of
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Report: Value-based Care Driving Remote Patient Monitoring Adoption

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The healthcare industry's transition to value-based care and the regulatory penalties associated with readmissions are driving the adoption of remote patient monitoring. According to a recent report from Frost & Sullivan, remote patient monitoring is increasingly becoming a critical tool to support the new value-based care environment. As a result, the remote patient monitoring market is expected to grow at a rate of 13.2 percent through 2020.  Defining Remote Patient Monitoring Remote
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ACO: Integrated Health Network Exceeds Clinical Quality Goals

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  Integrated Health Network of Wisconsin (IHN) exceeded its clinical quality goals in the first year of a three-year accountable care relationship with UnitedHealthcare, due to enhanced care coordination for patients and better sharing of clinical and financial data. The results are based on the experiences of 60,000 employer-sponsored health plan participants who sought care from IHN physicians in 2014. During the first year of the program, more patients received the preventive
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