IDN and GPO consolidation
The Pivotal Role of Healthcare IDNs in Purchasing and Population Health

CMS is putting increasing pressure on healthcare providers to deliver high-quality care to patients at the lowest possible cost while simultaneously reducing preventable readmissions. Some care providers have joined accountable care organizations (ACOs) to meet these expectations. However, though ACOs are capable of providing coordinated, timely care, they have limitations…

List of ACOs
CMS to Divulge Patient ACO Status

In the wake of provider criticisms, CMS has updated how physicians will be made aware of which patients will be monitored for the Medicare ACO program. Medicare beneficiaries will now be allowed to list their primary care provider on the Medicare website. If the doctor is part of an ACO,…

hospital outpatient procedures
Commercial Groups Driving Force Behind ACOs Development

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are often touted as the healthcare delivery model of the future. Though CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program gets lots of attention from analysts and the media, the real direction of ACOs is being determined behind the scenes in the private sector. Commercial ACOs cover millions of…