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James M. Berklan

ACOs and the big squeeze

Try as the researchers and regulars might, there’s still head-scratching going on about accountable care organizations. While the future of value-based purchasing seems secure, what ACOs will look like and how widely they’ll be adopted is still up in the air.

New Medicare ACO to be unveiled soon

The government’s top health insurer has announced that providers could get a first look at a new type of Medicare accountable care organization this month. It has been modeled closely after a controversial managed care program and includes new waivers for skilled nursing facilities.

Pioneer ACOs post mixed results, but providers still have faith in the model

Mixed results from the first year of an ambitious accountable care organization program should not deter providers from moving toward coordinated care models, according to prominent observers. All 32 of the Pioneer ACOs met quality measures in their first year and earned associated incentive payments, according to a July 16 report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Accountable care organizations in focus as Health IT Summit opens Wednesday

The Seattle IHT2 Health IT Summit, now in its seventh year, will focus on defining meaningful use as participants convene on Wednesday, Aug. 22. The opening keynote will be on the “State of the Health Care IT Union” by Advisory Board Executive Director David Garets. Other sessions will cover accountable care organizations, security and privacy in health IT, and telehealth applications. The summit will be held at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. Future summits will be held in 2012 in New York City in September; Beverly Hills, CA in November; and Austin, TX, in December.

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