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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647442/the-impact-of-the-transition-from-volume-to-value-on-heart-failure-care-implications-of-novel-payment-models-and-quality-improvement-initiatives
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Dushyanth Srinivasan, Nihar R Desai
In response to wide variation in quality and outcomes as well as escalating health care costs, the U.S. health care system is transitioning away from a volume based payment system to a quality- and value-based system. Medicare, the largest insurer and payer of healthcare, has accelerated the movement towards value-based care with the development and implementation of myriad alternative payment models and pay for performance programs as part of the Affordable Care Act. Given that heart failure affects a significant number of Medicare patients and these patients account for a disproportionate amount of healthcare utilization and spending, heart failure has become a focal point for these initiatives...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641166/care-coordination-at-a-pediatric-accountable-care-organization-aco-a-qualitative-analysis
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Baria Hafeez, Sophia Miller, Anup D Patel, Zachary M Grinspan
OBJECTIVE: Care coordinators may help manage care for children with chronic illness. Their role in pediatric epilepsy care is understudied. We aimed to qualitatively describe the content of a care coordination intervention for children with epilepsy. METHODS: We conducted nine semi-structured interviews and one focus group with care coordinators at a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) in Ohio. The care coordinators used a modified version of a published care coordination checklist for children with epilepsy (Patel AD, 2014)...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637558/travel-time-influences-readmission-risk-geospatial-mapping-of-surgical-readmissions
#3
Florence E Turrentine, Patrick J Buckley, Min-Woong Sohn, Michael D Williams
The University of Virginia (UVA) has recently become an Accountable Care Organization (ACO), intensifying efforts to provide better care for individuals. UVA's ACO population resides across the entire Commonwealth, with a large percentage of patients living in rural areas. To provide better health for this population, the central tenet of the ACO mission, we identified geographic risk factors influencing hospital readmission. We analyzed the relationship between the distance of patients' residence to the nearest hospital and 30-day readmission in general surgery patients...
June 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614267/regional-cost-and-experience-not-size-or-hospital-inclusion-helps-predict-aco-success
#4
John Schulz, Matthew DeCamp, Scott A Berkowitz
The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) continues to expand and now includes 434 accountable care organizations (ACOs) serving more than 7 million beneficiaries. During 2014, 86 of these ACOs earned over $300 million in shared savings payments by promoting higher-quality patient care at a lower cost.Whether organizational characteristics, regional cost of care, or experience in the MSSP are associated with the ability to achieve shared savings remains uncertain.Using financial results from 2013 and 2014, we examined all 339 MSSP ACOs with a 2012, 2013, or 2014 start-date...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560783/end-of-life-care-planning-in-accountable-care-organizations-associations-with-organizational-characteristics-and-capabilities
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Sangeeta C Ahluwalia, Benjamin J Harris, Valerie A Lewis, Carrie H Colla
OBJECTIVE: To measure the extent to which accountable care organizations (ACOs) have adopted end-of-life (EOL) care planning processes and characterize those ACOs that have established processes related to EOL. DATA SOURCES: This study uses data from three waves (2012-2015) of the National Survey of ACOs. Respondents were 397 ACOs participating in Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial ACO contracts. STUDY DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional survey study using multivariate ordered logit regression models...
May 30, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528171/accountable-care-organizations-and-the-use-of-cancer-screening
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Christian P Meyer, Anna Krasnova, Jesse D Sammon, Stuart R Lipsitz, Joel S Weissman, Maxine Sun, Quoc-Dien Trinh
Cancer preventive services, when used appropriately, result in improved health, better quality of life and decreased costs. For these reasons, cancer preventive services represent important priorities within the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the many provisions to improve access to preventive services the ACA introduced Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) as trajectory to deliver coordinated, high-quality care. In order to evaluate this benchmark, we analyzed (in 2016/Boston) screening prevalence of breast cancer, a recommended screening test according to the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and prostate cancer, for which screening is no longer recommended by the USPSTF, among traditional Medicare beneficiaries and those enrolled in ACOs...
May 18, 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461355/bending-the-spending-curve-by-altering-care-delivery-patterns-the-role-of-care-management-within-a-pioneer-aco
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John Hsu, Mary Price, Christine Vogeli, Richard Brand, Michael E Chernew, Sreekanth K Chaguturu, Eric Weil, Timothy G Ferris
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) appear to lower medical spending, but there is little information on how they do so. We examined the impact of patient participation in a Pioneer ACO and its care management program on rates of emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations and on Medicare spending. We used data for the period 2009-14, exploiting naturally staggered program entry to create concurrent controls to help isolate the program effects. The care management program (the ACO's primary intervention) targeted beneficiaries with elevated but modifiable risks for future spending...
May 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448780/integration-strategies-of-pharmacists-in-primary-care-based-accountable-care-organizations-a-report-from-the-accountable-care-organization-research-network-services-and-education
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Tina Joseph, Genevieve M Hale, Sara M Eltaki, Yesenia Prados, Renee Jones, Matthew J Seamon, Cynthia Moreau, Stephanie A Gernant
BACKGROUND: The accountable care organization (ACO) is an innovative health care delivery model centered on value-based care. ACOs consisting of primary care providers are increasingly becoming commonplace in practice; however, medication management remains suboptimal. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: As experts in medication management, pharmacists perform direct patient care and assist in the transition from one provider to another, which places them in an ideal position to manage multiple aspects of patient care...
May 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441271/alternative-payment-models-and-urology
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Deborah R Kaye, David C Miller, Chad Ellimoottil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) is a historic bill that was recently passed that establishes how quality measurement and practice patterns will affect physician reimbursement. Alternative payment models (APMs) are an essential component of MACRA and Medicare's vision of paying for high-value care. This review describes APMs in the context of MACRA and their impact on urology. RECENT FINDINGS: The majority of urologists will be affected by MACRA...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395006/association-between-hospitals-engagement-in-value-based-reforms-and-readmission-reduction-in-the-hospital-readmission-reduction-program
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Andrew M Ryan, Sam Krinsky, Julia Adler-Milstein, Cheryl L Damberg, Kristin A Maurer, John M Hollingsworth
Importance: Medicare is experimenting with numerous concurrent reforms aimed at improving quality and value for hospitals. It is unclear if these myriad reforms are mutually reinforcing or in conflict with each other. Objective: To evaluate whether hospital participation in voluntary value-based reforms was associated with greater improvement under Medicare's Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). Design, Setting, and Participants: Retrospective, longitudinal study using publicly available national data from Hospital Compare on hospital readmissions for 2837 hospitals from 2008 to 2015...
June 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385025/private-sector-accountable-care-organization-development-a-qualitative-study
#11
Ann Scheck McAlearney, Brian Hilligoss, Paula H Song
OBJECTIVES: To explore accountable care organizations (ACOs) as they develop in the private sector, including their motivation for development, perspectives from consumers regarding these emerging ACOs, and the critical success factors associated with ACO development. STUDY DESIGN: Comprehensive organizational case studies of 4 full-risk private sector ACOs that included in-person interviews with providers and administrators and focus groups with local consumers...
March 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384376/a-two-step-method-to-identify-positive-deviant-physician-organizations-of-accountable-care-organizations-with-robust-performance-management-systems
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Alexander F Pimperl, Hector P Rodriguez, Julie A Schmittdiel, Stephen M Shortell
OBJECTIVE: To identify positive deviant (PD) physician organizations of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) with robust performance management systems (PMSYS). DATA SOURCE: Third National Survey of Physician Organizations (NSPO3, n = 1,398). STUDY DESIGN: Organizational and external factors from NSPO3 were analyzed. DATA COLLECTION/EXTRACTION METHODS: Linear regression estimated the association of internal and contextual factors on PMSYS...
April 6, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375497/a-direct-experience-in-a-new-accountable-care-organization-results-challenges-and-the-role-of-the-neurosurgeon
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Dong H Kim, Christopher Lloyd, Douglas K Fernandez, Amanda Spielman, David Bradshaw
The passage of the Affordable Care Act saw the creation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a new approach to healthcare delivery moving from fee-for-service toward population health. This paper presents a case study of the Memorial Hermann ACO (MHACO), launched in response to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, with goals to align physician and hospital incentives, practice evidence-based medicine, develop care coordination, and increase efficiency. Building blocks included an affiliated primary care network, a clinical integration program (involving shared electronic medical record platforms and quality data reporting), and significant investments in information technology...
April 1, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373330/physicians-in-medicare-acos-offer-mixed-views-of-model-for-health-care-cost-and-quality
#14
Claudia L Schur, Janet P Sutton
Physicians' willingness to change how care is delivered is a key component of the ability of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to transform patient care. Yet physicians participating in Medicare ACOs are only moderately convinced that ACOs are an effective model for delivering cost-effective care.
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373329/substantial-physician-turnover-and-beneficiary-churn-in-a-large-medicare-pioneer-aco
#15
John Hsu, Christine Vogeli, Mary Price, Richard Brand, Michael E Chernew, Namita Mohta, Sreekanth K Chaguturu, Eric Weil, Timothy G Ferris
Alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), attempt to stimulate improvements in care delivery by better alignment of payer and provider incentives. However, limited attention has been paid to the physicians who actually deliver the care. In a large Medicare Pioneer ACO, we found that the number of beneficiaries per physician was low (median of seventy beneficiaries per physician, or less than 5 percent of a typical panel). We also found substantial physician turnover: More than half of physicians either joined (41 percent) or left (18 percent) the ACO during the 2012-14 contract period studied...
April 1, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364355/population-health-management-for-diabetes-health-care-system-level-approaches-for-improving-quality-and-addressing-disparities
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REVIEW
Julie A Schmittdiel, Anjali Gopalan, Mark W Lin, Somalee Banerjee, Christopher V Chau, Alyce S Adams
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Population care approaches for diabetes have the potential to improve the quality of care and decrease diabetes-related mortality and morbidity. Population care strategies are particularly relevant as accountable care organizations (ACOs), patient-centered medical homes (PCMH), and integrated delivery systems are increasingly focused on managing chronic disease care at the health system level. This review outlines the key elements of population care approaches for diabetes in the current health care environment...
May 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355878/promoting-colorectal-cancer-screening-through-a-new-model-of-delivering-rural-primary-care-in-the-usa-a-qualitative-study
#17
Jungyoon Kim, Lufei Young, Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, Daniel J Schober, Hongmei Wang, Shreya Roy, Soumitra S Bhuyan, Alice Schumaker, Li-Wu Chen
INTRODUCTION: Despite the known benefits of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, rural areas have consistently reported lower screening rates than their urban counterparts. Alternative healthcare delivery models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), have the potential to increase CRC rates through collaboration among healthcare providers with the aim of improving quality and decreasing cost. However, researchers have not sufficiently explored how this innovative model could influence the promotion of cancer screening...
January 2017: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345256/physician-competition-in-the-era-of-accountable-care-organizations
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Michael R Richards, Catherine T Smith, Amy J Graves, Melinda B Buntin, Matthew J Resnick
OBJECTIVE: To calculate physician concentration levels for all U.S. markets using detailed data on integration and accountable care organization (ACO) participation. DATA SOURCE: 2015 SK&A office-based physician survey linked to all commercial and public payer ACOs. STUDY DESIGN: We construct three separate Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI) measures and plot their distributions. We then investigate how prevailing levels of concentration change when incorporating more detailed organizational features into the HHI measure...
March 27, 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341894/using-a-self-reported-global-health-measure-to-identify-patients-at-high-risk-for-future-healthcare-utilization
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Karen J Blumenthal, Yuchiao Chang, Timothy G Ferris, Jenna C Spirt, Christine Vogeli, Neil Wagle, Joshua P Metlay
BACKGROUND: Research studies have shown that patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) that assess global health are helpful for predicting health care utilization, but less evidence exists that collection of PROMs in routine care can identify patients with high health care needs. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between the PROMIS Global Health (PGH) scores and subsequent health care utilization among patients in a large accountable care organization (ACO)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338515/surgeon-participation-in-early-accountable-care-organizations
#20
Matthew J Resnick, Amy J Graves, Melinda B Buntin, Michael R Richards, David F Penson
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to characterize the landscape of surgeon participation in early accountable care organizations (ACOs) and to identify specialty-, organization-, and market-specific factors associated with ACO participation. BACKGROUND: Despite rapid deployment of alternative payment models (APMs), little is known about the prevalence of surgeon participation, and key drivers behind surgeon participation in APMs. METHODS: Using data from SK&A, a research firm, we evaluated the near universe of US practices to characterize ACO participation among 125,425 US surgeons in 2015...
March 23, 2017: Annals of Surgery
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