Value Based Care

Spending Variation Among ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

March 31, 2020


Analysis of spending differences among accountable care organizations (ACOs) may help identify cost savings opportunities. We examined the magnitude and sources of spending variation among ACOs over 4 years.

Clinical Pathways: Reducing Costs and Improving Quality Across a Network

February 19, 2020


As the cost of oncology drugs only continues to rise, incorporating clinical pathways into cancer care helps streamline the integration of evidence-based best practices while improving quality and reducing costs for patients and payers.

Care Coordination for Veterans With COPD: A Positive Deviance Study

February 14, 2020


Improving relational coordination and reducing structural barriers to collaboration may enhance quality of care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic conditions.

Can Healthcare Quality Measures Benefit Patient Health?

February 07, 2020


When effectively integrated into healthcare systems, well-vetted and scientifically backed healthcare quality measures can have significant impacts on patient health, stressed Shantanu Agrawal, MD, president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, at the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute’s Quality Breakfast on February 6.

What We're Reading: Challenges for New FDA Commissioner; Changes in Hospital Ratings; Mental Health Disorders in Soldiers

January 30, 2020


The newly sworn in FDA commissioner faces tobacco regulation challenges; CMS announces changes in hospital quality ratings; soldiers with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to develop mental health disorders.

ACO Enrollment in MSSP Stalls

January 13, 2020


Accountable care organization (ACO) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) remained flat this year, according to a press release from the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations issued Friday, January 10.

KOL Corner: Amy Ellis Discusses Value-Based Cancer Rehab With Amanda Hodges

December 11, 2019


Amy Ellis, director of quality and value-based care at Northwest Medical Specialties, and Amanda Hodges, director of implementation for ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, who acts as a bridge between the oncology world and the rehabilitation world, discuss overcoming barriers in practices to help patients with cancer get the rehab care they need, how patients with cancer can benefit from rehab, and defining value.

Partnering in Postacute Darkness? CMS Has Data That Will Help

December 06, 2019


Health systems will improve postacute outcomes when CMS begins sharing its performance data on nursing facility chains.

Delivery System Performance as Financial Risk Varies

December 04, 2019


One delivery system’s healthcare utilization in its Medicare Advantage product was notably less than in its Pioneer accountable care organization or in a traditional Medicare comparison group.

Prominence Health Plan Reveals Increased Cost Savings, Improved Quality of Care in Its 2018 Results

December 02, 2019


Prominence Health Plan announced that its 7 Universal Health Services (UHS) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) revealed a continued trend of increased cost savings and improved quality in 2018 results.