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October 20, 2020

Learn about the CHART rural model in a webinar on Friday 10/23

Join Caravan Health for a webinar about the new Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model on Friday, October 23 at 12 noon ET/9 AM PT.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

October 06, 2020

Caravan Health Comments on 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, published in early August, proposed major changes for ACOs and other value-based payment models. Highlights of this year’s rule include extension of some telehealth flexibilities, a dramatic reduction in the number of ACO quality measures and changes to reporting methods, and a new framework for assessing quality for alternative payment models that report through MIPS.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

August 18, 2020

CMS Announces New Rural Health Initiatives, Offers Another Round of AIM Funding

Over the past couple of weeks, CMS announced several new initiatives about the future of rural health. including the 2021 proposed Physician Fee Schedule and the new Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) model.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

August 06, 2020

CMS Proposes Payment Increases, Permanent Telehealth, and more in 2021 Physician Fee Schedule

Late on Monday, August 3, CMS released the latest Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule. The rule outlines Medicare physician payment policies for 2021, including extensions of many of the telehealth and virtual care flexibilities made available on an emergency basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic

ACO, News, Policy, MACRA MIPS, CMS

July 15, 2020

Awakening the Sleeping Revenue Giant: CMS Releases Details on MACRA & MIPS

Since 2017, Medicare clinicians have participated in the Quality Payment Program (QPP), including the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), to earn annual payment increases by providing high quality care and taking financial responsibility for the cost of patient care.

ACO, News, Policy, MACRA MIPS, CMS

July 08, 2020

Caravan Health - Spotlighting Best Practices

ACO, Policy, CMS

May 15, 2020

COVID-19 Webinar: Medicare ACOs: The Latest Coronavirus-Related Changes

Caravan Pushes for More Support for ACOs from CMS and Congress

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Virtual Care Strategies: Include Advance Care Planning Why and How to Get it Done

In normal times, Advance Care Planning (ACP) is already part of high-quality primary care. During the COVID 19 public health emergency, it is crucial that providers add it to their planned movement to virtual care. While many areas have yet to see large numbers of COVID-19 infections, the threat of this virus spreading through any community will remain until we have a vaccine. For older patients and those with chronic conditions, this means preparing for the possibility of serious illness for the next year or more.


April 13, 2020

COVID-19 Revenue and Funding Opportunities for Rural Hospitals

On April 9, ACO experts from Caravan Health and CPAs and Business Advisors from Eide Bailly came together to discuss the recent CMS changes and how the new rules will likely affect rural health systems across the nation. CMS recognized the pandemic as an extreme circumstance and released a new set of rules and waivers that includes quality reporting and performance loss relief for MSSP ACOs.

ACO, Policy, CMS

March 27, 2020

Managing the COVID-19 Crisis: Stop the Risk Clock for ACOs

Health care providers nationwide are responding heroically to the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is spreading, and our providers are on the front lines managing and treating more patients each day. Caravan Health calls on CMS to assure that the Medicare Shared Savings Program will fairly account for these extraordinary circumstances.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

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