March 2014

Using Payment Reform to Improve the Value of Maternity Care

March 19, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Catalyst for Payment and Reform examines how different payment models can help change the way we pay for and measure quality of maternity care, and thus improve health outcomes for babies and mothers.

A Novel Pharmaceutical-ACO Collaboration: The Merck/Heritage Provider Network Open Innovation Challenge

March 19, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Merck and the Heritage Provider Network forge a new kind of relationship, with the goals of spawning innovation in healthcare delivery and of providing an outline for future collaborations between ACOs and other healthcare stakeholders.

The Best of Reform: Postacute Care Bundling

March 19, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

Bundled payments are a step in the right direction when it comes to moving away from a fee-for-service payment structure. They have been proved to cut costs, and providers are responding by producing significantly better outcomes. naviHealth, a postacute care benefit manager, will test one bundled payment model using 11 hospitals in 5 states.

It's Time to Embolden the Nation's Experiments With ACOs

March 18, 2014

The American Journal of Accountable Care

The ambiguous results of the Pioneer ACO evaluation could undermine the case for experimentation, and deter policy makers from moving forward as urgently as they must in order to improve on the ACO model. But it shouldn't.