Accountable Care Organization

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Life after consolidation: How LTC leaders can assimilate

Consolidation, a fact of life in today's healthcare industry, is prevalent in the long-term care arena as well. Locally and regionally, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and home- and community-based service agencies are joining forces to share resources and achieve operating efficiencies.

Triple Aim: Improving the patient healthcare and experience

Triple Aim: Improving the patient healthcare and experience

For patients in a participating ACO, one of the initial improvements for facilities will be the assignment of a care manager to guide and support them through the ACO experience. The care manager may be a Triple Aim committed primary care physician or ACO professional who takes responsibility for coordinating care plans. A key component of the ACO / Triple Aim experience is the demonstration of improved outcomes for each patient and the ACO population as a whole.

Lack of data causes doctors to steer patients to unnecessary post-acute care, experts say

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Without solid research about how discharged hospital patients fare in various post-acute settings, cautious doctors are ordering more intensive and expensive care than is needed, according to medical experts writing in the Harvard Business Review.

Kairos and Torrance Memorial select COMS

COMS Interactive has added two clients. Kairos, a group purchasing network with more than 100 facilities, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center's Transitional Care Unit have both selected COMS' Daylight IQ™.

Optimize outcomes in the ACO era

Optimize outcomes in the ACO era

Providers can learn the best practices to jump into an accountable care organization in "Ensuring Your Place in an Accountable Care Network. This webinar will be at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Aug. 8.

Collaboration and communication important for ACO partnerships, LINK panel says

Collaboration and communication important for ACO partnerships, LINK panel says

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Long-term care providers must have a collaborative mindset if they want to join an accountable care organization, according to a panel of experts at the LINK LTC & Senior Living Conference. Top executives from the payer organizations discussed ideal characteristics of ACO partners.

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.

ACOs already a 'substantial' force, care rises to 1 in 10 Americans, experts say

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Data collected by a management consulting firm showed that approximately 2.4 million Medicare beneficiaries received care via different Medicare ACO programs run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Care coordination demonstration achieves big government savings for dual eligibles: report

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One of the first care coordination demonstration projects for Medicare beneficiaries achieved significant provider savings for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, a new analysis found.

Time to put data into your hospital relationships

Time to put data into your hospital relationships

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Bundled payments mean that you can't escape the numbers. Hospitals want the data on why you're the best choice for post-acute care.

Medicare beneficiaries supportive of ACOs, despite rough start

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Despite a somewhat rocky start, Medicare beneficiaries have been supportive of accountable care organizations, a government official said.

Kindred executive urges Senate to test payment reforms, put off Medicare cuts

Kindred executive urges Senate to test payment reforms, put off Medicare cuts

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A top nursing home industry executive made a case against Medicare cuts and in favor of payment and delivery reforms in long-term and post-acute care in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Will nursing homes be subcontractors to the stars?

Will nursing homes be subcontractors to the stars?

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Nursing homes take care of 1.5 million residents each year. They pump more than $100 billion into the nation's economy. In many communities, they are the largest source of jobs. But as far as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is concerned, nursing facilities are little more than the help.

ACOs and other language barriers

ACOs and other language barriers

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We're hearing a lot about the looming world of accountable care organizations, or ACOs, especially with Monday's unveiling of the 32 "pioneer" organizations. Odds are you have a lot of work to get ready.

Should 'auld acquaintance be forgot?' A thought for nursing homes in the new year

Should 'auld acquaintance be forgot?' A thought for nursing homes in the new year

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Nursing homes are at their core residential communities for the elderly.

A new fight over healthcare reform

A new fight over healthcare reform

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One of the highlights of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging conference came near the end—during a panel discussion about the impact of midterm elections on healthcare reform.

Nursing homes' new mission: Fitting into accountable care organizations

Nursing homes' new mission: Fitting into accountable care organizations

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To survive in the not-so-distant future, nursing homes will have to find a role within accountable care organizations.

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