ACO ReportingAlternative Payment Models (APM)AttributionPerformance ImprovementPQRS Reporting
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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ACO ReportingAlternative Payment Models (APM)AttributionClinical Data RegistryPerformance Improvement
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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ACO ReportingAlternative Payment Models (APM)Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)Performance Improvement
October 20, 2015

Break the Barriers to ACO Shared Savings

The ACO performance results for 2014 are in, and they are troubling. While most ACOs were able to fulfill quality reporting requirements, only some reduced costs enough to qualify for shared savings. Many ACOs did cut costs—of the 353 ACOs, there were $411 million in total savings. But for most ACOs, it was not enough. How can ACOs break through the barrier to shared savings in the near future? Here are four lessons from analyzing the CMS data: The goal of Medicare’s performance-based reimbursement is to save money and improve outcomes, as illustrated by both the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System…
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Alternative Payment Models (APM)Future of Health CareValue-Based Payment Modifier
October 6, 2015

Be Prepared for Medicare’s Transition to Bundled Payments—or Risk Future Revenues

As specialists face increasing pressure to lower costs, particularly by Medicare, so-called Bundled Payments are becoming an increasingly significant—and preferred—method of reimbursement. Although this form of Alternative Payment Method (APM) is not yet mandatory, most industry experts believe that bundled payments will form the basis of how Medicare will pay specialty services in the future, especially regarding inpatient care. Develop your strategy now, or you risk economic fallout. From a fledgling pilot initiative, Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BCPI) has grown to 2,100 provider groups with initiatives in one or more of 48 unique procedure or diagnosis “bundles.”…
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Alternative Payment Models (APM)AttributionMerit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)Qualified Clinical Data Registry ReportingValue-Based Payment Modifier
September 1, 2015

Mastering MSPB: How “Episode” Care Calculations Make or Break Your Revenues

The whole may be greater than the sum of its parts—but how those parts each contribute to the whole is key to a new Medicare calculation of episode costs. If you aren’t paying attention to the total cost of an entire “episode” of care for your patients—including that rendered by others—your future revenues may take a hit. Enter Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB), a component of CMS’s Value-Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) calculations that is crucial to your bottom line. MSPB is a measure of charges per episode of care that looks at costs immediately prior to, during and following a hospital…
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