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Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) improved quality of patient care and lowered costs in the four years since it was implemented, according to an independent study by Harvard Medical School published in … finish reading Blue Cross Alternative Quality Contract Lowers Costs, Improves Patient Care: Study

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Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Systems Launch Vivity, Value-Based Health System to Align Care, Improve Costs

In a move away from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursements to value-based incentives, Anthem Blue Cross and seven top hospital systems have partnered to offer Anthem Blue Cross Vivity, an integrated health system, according to Anthem Blue Cross. The Vivity model … finish reading Anthem Blue Cross, Hospital Systems Launch Vivity, Value-Based Health System to Align Care, Improve Costs

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Pioneer, MSSP ACOs Save More Than $372 Million, Improve Patient Care: CMS

ACOs in the Pioneer ACO model and Medicare Shared Savings Programs (MSSP) generated more than $372 million in total program savings for Medicare ACOs, according to the CMS. The news is drawn from preliminary quality and financial results from the … finish reading Pioneer, MSSP ACOs Save More Than $372 Million, Improve Patient Care: CMS

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8 Percent Fewer ER Visits for Patients Treated in Patient-Centered Medical Home

Patient-centered medical Homes (PCMHs) reduce emergency department visits for the chronically ill by nearly 8 percent, according to a study authored by Independence Blue Cross (Independence) and CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services (CTI), and published by Health Services Research. … finish reading 8 Percent Fewer ER Visits for Patients Treated in Patient-Centered Medical Home

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Florida Blue, Mayo Clinic Extend Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement

Florida Blue and Mayo Clinic are extending their knee replacement bundled payment agreement, introduced in 2012, for Florida Blue’s members, according to Florida Blue. They are also extending their overall network agreement to include thousands of Florida Blue’s commercially insured … finish reading Florida Blue, Mayo Clinic Extend Bundled Payment Program for Knee Replacement

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Medicare Finalizes Home Health Payments for 2014

A final ruling on home healthcare payments has been issued for 2014, and is designed to better align Medicare payments with home health agencies’ costs providing care, while lowering costs to taxpayers and the 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who receive … finish reading Medicare Finalizes Home Health Payments for 2014

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Colorado Medicaid Accountable Care Effort Doubles Savings in One Year

Three years into an Accountable Care Collaborative (ACC) program, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing achieved $44 million in gross savings or cost avoidance, officials report, more than double the amount of cost avoidance achieved by the … finish reading Colorado Medicaid Accountable Care Effort Doubles Savings in One Year

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Consolidated Health Networks Lead to Greater Creation of ACOs

Regions of the United States where doctors and hospitals are consolidated into large networks are more likely to have accountable care organizations (ACOs), according to a new RAND Corporation study. Other factors associated with the formation of ACOs include a … finish reading Consolidated Health Networks Lead to Greater Creation of ACOs

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Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

Assessing whether team-based care can improve primary care delivery and patient outcomes is the subject of study published in Population Health Management, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers. Researchers from George Washington University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and … finish reading Can Team-Based Care Improve Primary Care Delivery and Patient Outcomes?

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New Stratified Approach Toward Achieving Triple Aim for ACOs: Study

By taking an innovative approach to classifying patient populations, health systems can more effectively prevent “triple fail” events — or outcomes that fail to advance population health, reduce healthcare costs and improve patient experiences and satisfaction, according to a recent … finish reading New Stratified Approach Toward Achieving Triple Aim for ACOs: Study

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