The Pulse on Accountable Care

Read our insight on the latest trends and innovations in ACOs, value-based payments, population health, policy, and more. 
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August 10, 2018

Proposed Rule for Medicare ACOs Allows Upside-Only Participation With a Gradual Transition to Risk

High performing systems can continue to thrive in Medicare’s ACO program under CMS’s new proposal

Policy, CMS

August 07, 2018

The Fundamental Problem with Small ACOs

ACOs of 10,000 or fewer lives may experience random savings or losses of up to six percentage points. This comes to $600 per patient, or $6 million per ACO. That kind of uncertainty is unacceptable.

ACO

July 31, 2018

CMS’s Medicare Proposals Make ACOs More Attractive

CMS recently issued several major proposed rules affecting Medicare payments for physicians and hospitals in 2019. Taken as a whole, these rulemaking actions demonstrate a continued strong value proposition for hospital participation in Accountable Care Organizations in 2019 and into the future.

Policy, CMS

July 18, 2018

MedPAC Report Offers Strong Endorsement of Hospital-Based ACOs

Since the first ACOs were established in 2012, there has been a persistent question of whether the population health management and wellness measures employed by ACOs will result in fewer inpatient stays and lower hospital revenue. Can ACO participation be worth the financial risk for inpatient hospitals?

June 20, 2018

Highlights from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s June Report on Medicare ACOs

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) released its biannual report summarizing policy issues and changes to be considered for the Medicare program, punctuated with a surprisingly strong endorsement of Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare.

ACO, Policy

May 29, 2018

Collaborative ACOs: Recap of Caravan Health’s May 23rd Panel Webinar

For the first time, we heard from Colleen Norris, an actuary who analyzed the ACO data, as well as Tim Putnam, a hospital CEO with long experience in the Caravan Health collaborative ACO model, and Stephen Shortell, a UC Berkeley Dean Emeritus who has conducted research on ACO leadership.

ACO

May 24, 2018

ACO Mythology vs. Reality

Hospitals and health care providers that are deliberating on transitioning to value-based payments must cut through the noise to fully understand the benefits of Accountable Care Organization (ACO) participation.

ACO

May 18, 2018

How Much Does a Small ACO Have to Save to Win in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

Based on its experience helping physicians and hospitals create and manage Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Caravan Health just published an analysis showing how small ACOs are cursed by variation in spending caused by statistical noise rather than their own performance. There is a formula to success under this model of value-based payment.

ACO

May 15, 2018

ACOs Need to Get Bigger if They’re Going to Survive

Caravan Health leads the market in guiding health providers as they form and manage Accountable Care Organizations. We have seen ACOs succeed and we have seen them struggle and we have seen that some ACOs – despite their best efforts – fail to realize savings through better care management and prevention.

ACO

May 09, 2018

10 Reasons ACOs Can Fail

Just published in Becker’s Hospital Review – Caravan Health Senior Vice President Tim Gronniger discusses ten reasons Accountable Care Organizations can fail.

ACO

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