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ACO Accountable care organizations

Tudor Borza, Mary K Oerline, Ted A Skolarus, Edward C Norton, Justin B Dimick, Bruce L Jacobs, Lindsey A Herrel, Chad Ellimoottil, John M Hollingsworth, Andrew M Ryan, David C Miller, Vahakn B Shahinian, Brent K Hollenbeck
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of Medicare Shared Savings Program accountable care organizations (ACOs) on hospital readmission after common surgical procedures. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Hospital readmissions following surgery lead to worse patient outcomes and wasteful spending. ACOs, and their associated hospitals, have strong incentives to reduce readmissions from 2 distinct Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policies. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using a 20% national Medicare sample to identify beneficiaries undergoing 1 of 7 common surgical procedures-abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, colectomy, cystectomy, prostatectomy, lung resection, total knee arthroplasty, and total hip arthroplasty-between 2010 and 2014...
March 19, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Matthew J Resnick, Amy J Graves, Sunita Thapa, Robert Gambrel, Mark D Tyson, Daniel Lee, Melinda B Buntin, David F Penson
Importance: Despite rapid diffusion of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), whether ACO enrollment results in observable changes in cancer screening remains unknown. Objective: To determine whether Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACO enrollment changes the appropriateness of screening for breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers. Design, Setting, and Participants: For this population-based analysis of Medicare beneficiaries, we used Medicare data from 2007 through 2014 and evaluated changes in screening associated with ACO enrollment using differences-in-differences (DD) analyses...
March 19, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Amol S Navathe, Alexander M Bain, Rachel M Werner
BACKGROUND: While early evidence suggests that Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) may reduce post-acute care (PAC) utilization for attributed beneficiaries, whether these effects spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in ACOs stray is unknown. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate whether changes in PAC use and Medicare spending spill over to all beneficiaries admitted to hospitals participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Young-Rock Hong, Frederick Kates, Soon Ju Song, Nayoung Lee, R Paul Duncan, Nicole M Marlow
Early evidence has shown that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have achieved some success in improving the quality of care and reducing Medicare costs. However, it has been argued that the ACO rewarding model may disproportionately affect relatively low-spending (LS; considered as efficient) organizations that have fewer options to cut unnecessary services compared with high-spending (HS; inefficient) organizations. We conducted a cross-sectional retrospective study to compare ACO financial and quality of care performance between HS-ACO and LS-ACO...
February 16, 2018: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Andrew Mask, Omolola E Adepoju
OBJECTIVE: We compare hospital readmission rates by accountable care organization (ACO) status with national readmission averages, to determine whether ACO affiliation influences 30-day hospital-wide readmission rates. METHODS: Data from the 2015 American Hospital Association Survey of Care Systems and Payment database were merged with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's 2015 Hospital Compare Deaths and Readmissions data set. A multinomial logistic regression model is used to examine readmission rates, categorized as better, no different, or worse, in comparison to national averages, by ACO status...
February 16, 2018: Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality
Andrew J Schoenfeld, Daniel J Sturgeon, Justin B Dimick, Christopher M Bono, Justin A Blucher, Lauren B Barton, Joel S Weissman, Adil H Haider
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on the use of surgical services among racial and ethnic minorities. BACKGROUND: Health reform efforts were expected to reduce healthcare disparities. The impact of ACOs on existing disparities in access to surgical care remains unknown. METHODS: We used national Medicare data (2009-2014) to compare rates of surgery among white, African American, Hispanic, and Asian Medicare beneficiaries for coronary artery bypass grafting, colectomy, total hip arthroplasty, hip fracture repair, and lumbar spine surgery...
February 7, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Chrisanne Wilks, Erik Krisle, Kimberly Westrich, Kristina Lunner, David Muhlestein, Robert Dubois
BACKGROUND: Optimized medication use involves the effective use of medications for better outcomes, improved patient experience, and lower costs. Few studies systematically gather data on the actions accountable care organizations (ACOs) have taken to optimize medication use. OBJECTIVES: To (a) assess how ACOs optimize medication use; (b) establish an association between efforts to optimize medication use and achievement on financial and quality metrics; (c) identify organizational factors that correlate with optimized medication use; and (d) identify barriers to optimized medication use...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Valerie A Lewis, Thomas D'Aunno, Genevra F Murray, Stephen M Shortell, Carrie H Colla
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are often discussed and promoted as driven by physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers. However, because of the flexible nature of ACO contracts, management organizations may also become partners in ACOs. We used data from 2013-15 on 276 ACOs from the National Survey of Accountable Care Organizations to understand the prevalence of nonprovider management partners' involvement in ACOs, the services these partners provide, and the structure of ACOs that have such partners...
February 2018: Health Affairs
Sarah J Conway, Sarah Himmelrich, Scott A Feeser, John A Flynn, Steven J Kravet, Jennifer Bailey, Lindsay C Hebert, Susan H Donovan, Sarah G Kachur, Patricia M C Brown, William A Baumgartner, Scott A Berkowitz
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), like other care entities, must be strategic about which initiatives they support in the quest for higher value. This article reviews the current strategic planning process for the Johns Hopkins Medicine Alliance for Patients (JMAP), a Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1 ACO. It reviews the 3 focus areas for the 2017 strategic review process - (1) optimizing care coordination for complex, at-risk patients, (2) post-acute care, and (3) specialty care integration - reviewing cost savings and quality improvement opportunities, associated best practices from the literature, and opportunities to leverage and advance existing ACO and health system efforts in each area...
February 2, 2018: Population Health Management
Leeann N Comfort, Stephen M Shortell, Hector P Rodriguez, Carrie H Colla
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether an empirically derived taxonomy of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) is associated with quality and spending performance among patients of ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). DATA SOURCES: Three waves of the National Survey of ACOs and corresponding publicly available Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services performance data for NSACO respondents participating in the MSSP (N = 204); SK&A Office Based Physicians Database from QuintilesIMS...
January 31, 2018: Health Services Research
Meredith L Tate, Sydney Hopper, Sean Paul Bergeron
BACKGROUND: The primary goals of an accountable care organization (ACO) are to reduce health care spending and increase quality of care. Within an ACO, pharmacists have a unique opportunity to help carry out these goals within patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). Pharmacy presence is increasing in these integrated care models, but the pharmacist's role and benefit is still being defined. OBJECTIVE: To exhibit the clinical and economic benefit of pharmacist involvement in ACOs and PCMHs as documented by clinical interventions (CIs) and drug cost reductions...
February 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Richard Duszak
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to explore associations between CT and MRI utilization and cost savings achieved by Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)-participating accountable care organizations (ACOs). METHODS: Summary data were obtained for all MSSP-participating ACOs (n = 214 in 2013; n = 333 in 2014). Multivariable regressions were performed to assess associations of CT and MRI utilization with ACOs' total savings and reaching minimum savings rates to share in Medicare savings...
March 2018: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
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This interim final rule with comment period establishes policies for assessing the financial and quality performance of Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) affected by extreme and uncontrollable circumstances during performance year 2017, including the applicable quality reporting period for the performance year. Under the Shared Savings Program, providers of services and suppliers that participate in ACOs continue to receive traditional Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments under Parts A and B, but the ACO may be eligible to receive a shared savings payment if it meets specified quality and savings requirements...
December 26, 2017: Federal Register
Brystana G Kaufman, B Steven Spivack, Sally C Stearns, Paula H Song, Emily C O'Brien
Since 2010, more than 900 accountable care organizations (ACOs) have formed payment contracts with public and private insurers in the United States; however, there has not been a systematic evaluation of the evidence studying impacts of ACOs on care and outcomes across payer types. This review evaluates the quality of evidence regarding the association of public and private ACOs with health service use, processes, and outcomes of care. The 42 articles identified studied ACO contracts with Medicare ( N = 24 articles), Medicaid ( N = 5), commercial ( N = 11), and all payers ( N = 2)...
December 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
Taressa K Fraze, Valerie A Lewis, Emily Tierney, Carrie H Colla
Accountable care organizations (ACOs), a primary care-centric delivery and payment model, aim to promote integrated population health, which may improve care for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Research has shown that, overall, the ACO model is effective at reducing costs, but there is substantial variation in how effective different types of ACOs are at impacting costs and improving care delivery. This study examines how ACO organizational characteristics - such as composition, staffing, care management, and experiences with health reform - were associated with quality of care delivered to patients with diabetes...
December 6, 2017: Population Health Management
David Michael Levine, Jeffrey A Linder, Bruce E Landon
BACKGROUND: Despite new incentives for US primary care, concerns abound that patient-centered practice capabilities are lagging. OBJECTIVE: Describe the practice structure, patient-centered capabilities, and payment relationships of US primary care practices; identify disparities in practice capabilities. DESIGN: Analysis of the 2015 Medical Organizations Survey (MOS), part of the nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)...
December 4, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
J Michael McWilliams, Michael E Chernew, Bruce E Landon
It has been widely assumed that better management and coordination of care for chronic conditions and high-risk patients would be the leading mechanisms for achieving savings in accountable care organizations (ACOs), specifically by reducing acute care needs through enhanced outpatient and preventive care. We examined the extent to which changes in spending and hospitalizations for ACO patients in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) have been consistent with this expectation. By 2014, participation in the MSSP was associated with significant reductions in total Medicare fee-for-service spending for ACO patients but with proportionately smaller reductions in hospitalizations and some increases in hospitalizations for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions...
December 2017: Health Affairs
Aaron Truchil, Natasha Dravid, Stephen Singer, Zachary Martinez, Teagan Kuruna, Scott Waulters
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) aim to reduce health care costs while improving patient outcomes. Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers' (Camden Coalition) work already aligned with this aim before receiving state approval to operate a certified Medicaid ACO in New Jersey. Upon its formation, the Camden Coalition ACO partnered with UnitedHealthcare and, through state legislation, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP) was established as its external evaluator. In evaluating the Camden Coalition ACO, Rutgers CSHP built on the Medicare Shared Savings model, but modified it based on the understanding that the Medicaid population differs from the Medicare population...
November 21, 2017: Population Health Management
Daniel M Walker, Jennifer L Hefner, Lindsey N Sova, Brian Hilligoss, Paula H Song, Ann Scheck McAlearney
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are emerging across the healthcare marketplace and now include Medicare, Medicaid, and private sector payers covering more than 24 million lives. However, little is known about the process of organizational change required to achieve cost savings and quality improvements from the ACO model. This study applies the complex innovation implementation framework to understand the challenges and facilitators associated with the ACO implementation process. We conducted four case studies of private sector ACOs, selected to achieve variation in terms of geography and organizational maturity...
November 2017: Journal of Healthcare Management / American College of Healthcare Executives
Valerie A Lewis, Katherine I Tierney, Taressa Fraze, Genevra F Murray
Although accountable care organizations (ACOs) proliferate, little is known about the activities and strategies ACOs are pursuing to meet goals of reducing costs and improving quality. We use semistructured interviews with executives at 16 ACOs to understand ACO approaches. We identified two overarching ACO approaches to changing clinical care: a practice-based transformation approach, working to overhaul care processes and teams from the inside out; and an overlay approach, where ACO activities were centralized and delivered external to physician practices...
October 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
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