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July 25, 2019

MedPAC Report Confirms the Financial Success of Medicare Shared Savings Program

Providers involved in the hard work of practice transformation have seen firsthand that a population health-based approach to care delivery can make a huge difference for patients and the quality of care they receive. There are also tremendous financial benefits to practices that change how care is delivered. Recently, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) published a report validating the strong financial performance of accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.


July 18, 2019

What Accountable Care Organizations Should Know About July 2019 and Pathways to Success

July 2019 is a big month for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). This value-based payment program is going through its biggest overhaul since the first MSSP accountable care organizations (ACOs) launched back in 2012. The revamped program, called Pathways to Success, requires ACOs to take financial risk on the cost of care for their patients much more quickly than in the past. The first Pathways ACOs get started on July 1 of this year. Caravan Health, the leader in accountable care for community health systems, is helping several new Pathways ACOs get their start.


July 11, 2019

Redefining Population Health Management

Hospitals and physicians can’t afford to fail in population health management. It’s Caravan Health’s mission to ensure that doesn’t happen. Success or failure of population health management is driven by two things: improving coordination of care and having the right data to drive actionable insight into your population health initiatives.


June 27, 2019

Primary Care Transformation: No Longer a Task of One

Evidence is mounting about the importance of robust primary care in achieving the Triple Aim of advancing quality of care, reducing costs, and improving the patient experience. Primary care initiatives across the country have shown that enhancing primary care can coordinate service delivery to the benefit of both patients and clinicians.


June 21, 2019

Change Management is a Team Sport in Value-Based Care

The Medicare Shared Savings Program requires providers to take risk on the overall cost of care for their patients. To succeed in a risk-based payment model, providers must focus on implementing new population health services that transform the way they deliver care. Change management can be a daunting process, but when done right, providers and patients reap the benefits.


June 13, 2019

A Look at Combatting Physician Burnout and Increasing Revenue Through Team-Based Care

Physicians often come to us with questions about why they should join an ACO. Sometimes they worry they will be asked to do more than ever as they shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-value in Medicare. Recently our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anna Loengard, went over strategies to make this shift as seamlessly as possible.


May 29, 2019

Why Engagement is Key to Success in a Collaborative ACO

Hear from Darrold Bertsch, CEO at Sakakawea Medical Center and also of Coal Country Community Health Center, about the success his organizations have had participating in a collaborative ACO. According to Bertsch, participating in an ACO is work, but it’s not that hard. Results come with engagement throughout the organization coupled with collaboration and networking with other providers in your community and others within your ACO.


May 15, 2019

The Mechanics of Success in Value-Based Care

When you join an accountable care organization with Caravan Health, you’ll have a trusted partner that is committed to your ACO success and will bring results starting in year one.  Our proven plan will help provide better coordinated care for your community, improve your quality scores, and mitigate your ACO risk by bringing greater focus to population health management.


May 07, 2019

CMS Unveils New Primary Care Value-Based Payment Models to Start in 2020

In late April, CMS introduced five new value-based payment model options that aim to transform primary care and shift providers to take risk on the cost of care for their patients.

ACO, News, Policy, CMS

April 19, 2019

Creating Payment Certainty: How Critical Access Hospitals Can Thrive in Value-Based Care

It’s no secret that Medicare providers will have to transition from fee-for-service to fee-for-value in the next few years in order to sustain their profits. The financial downside to remaining in fee-for-service will soon exceed the risks of transitioning to alternative payment systems.


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