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December 22, 2015

Happy New Year: Higher Patient Financial Responsibility Risks More Provider Debt

A few weeks ago, we learned that the rate of health care spending has escalated, with a 5.3 percent gain in 2014—accounting for 17.5 per cent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. And, according to the Kaiser Foundation, this predicted upward trend shows no signs of abating anytime soon. At some point, this cost burden on the economy is unsustainable. So where is the outcry? The relative silence around the trend, compared with prior decades, reveals a shift in financial responsibility from employers to individuals, which just might crack the foundations of the health care system. Consumers are Paying More…
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December 15, 2015

Expanding Your ACO: The Best Recruiting Strategy for Bigger ACO Savings

Whether your ACO is in its infancy or is established and growing, you’ve probably had to make some difficult choices about which groups to include—and exclude. Your ACO’s success is almost entirely driven by your ACO network’s participating providers (and their patients). They provide the care and generate beneficiary costs, and help to ensure better patient outcomes. Developing that network intelligently is key to achieving shared savings. We’re here to help. Know this: one “free market” concept behind Alternate Payment Models is flawed—the assumption that providers who can demonstrate better results in quality and costs will be in higher demand.…
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December 8, 2015

Want Real Performance and Outcomes Improvement? Track Interventions and Results Over Time

Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks—Euripides For many providers, reviewing performance data is just another distraction from practicing medicine, rather than a valued tool for making better medical decisions. And who can blame them? Performance or outcome data reviewed in isolation, as static results, aren’t all that useful. The exercise is akin to looking at a single photograph of an event and inferring cause and effect without any corroborating evidence. To be an effective resource that leads to actual outcome improvements, data must be tracked over time. Most often, however,…
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December 1, 2015

Don’t Let Wishful Thinking and Healthy Patients Harm Your ACO

Can healthy patients actually hinder your ACO’s ability to generate shared savings? Without a multi-layered strategy to improve continually over the course of the ACO agreement, the answer is yes. With the majority of ACOs failing to generate shared savings, a growing number of groups are beginning to realize that serving either the healthy or seriously ill end of the population health spectrum creates its own set of challenges. Compared to the Value-Based Payment Modifier program, ACOs are finding it nearly impossible to distinguish themselves through performance on quality measures. For ACOs to prove that they are more effectively coordinating…
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