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Resources by Topic: Accountable Care Organizations

Accessing Behavioral Health Services in Rural Communities
Presentation slides discussing the affordability and availability of behavioral health services in rural communities. Covers examples in the evolution of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller
Date: 11/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Medicare Payment Basics: Accountable Care Organization Payment Systems
Provides an overview of the payment mechanisms associated with Medicare's three Accountable Care Organization (ACO) programs: the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), the Next Generation ACO demonstration, and the Medicare ACO Track 1+ model.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Understanding and Facilitating Rural Health Transformation
Explores healthcare value in regard to payment systems, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and how both fit into rural healthcare. Compares the Medicare Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) with current and alternate payment models. Slides from a presentation at the 2017 Georgia Center for Rural Health Annual Meeting.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney
Date: 08/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Community Hospitals Thrive Under ACO Model
Analysis of 2014 and 2015 cost report data from community hospitals participating in Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) supported by Caravan Health. Results are used to show the impact of ACO participation on community hospitals' gross inpatient revenue, gross outpatient revenue, and net patient revenue.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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Pathways to Locally Based Integrated Health Care
Presentation slides by Keith Mueller from the 15th Annual Western Region Flex Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Includes a discussion of the growth of primary care in rural communities as a delivery system for integrated health care, allowing connection to services elsewhere. Provides information on Medicare Payment systems, ACOs in the Western region, public versus private policy trajectories, CAH value messages, and inpatient care alternatives.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Continued Evolution of Transformation in Healthcare Delivery and Finance: Rural and Primary Care Implications
Slides from a presentation before the Primary Care National Conference on March 24, 2017. Focuses on explaining how currently-evolving major policy issues will affect rural and primary healthcare. Topics of discussion include payment methods and models, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).
Author(s): Keith Mueller
Date: 03/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening Through a New Model of Delivering Rural Primary Care in the USA: A Qualitative Study
Results of a study conducted in Nebraska, to explore ways in which colorectal cancer screening can be promoted by rural primary care clinics participating in an Accountable Care Organization. Features statistics including participants' gender, job, and breakdowns by three levels of rurality.
Author(s): Jungyoon Kim, Lufei Young, Sarbinaz Bekmuratova, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 17, 4187
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Making the Most of Evolving Payment Policies to Enhance Hospital-based Care in Rural Communities
Presentation slides from the 2017 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference that discuss the transition from volume to value for rural hospital payment and how to make the most of resources available to facilities. Includes examples of services and documents for reference as well as data and statistics surrounding Medicare Advantage and Accountable Care Organizations in rural communities.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Critical Access Hospital Financial Pro Forma for Shared Savings
Excel-based modeling tool designed to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) anticipate and analyze the financial impacts of joining a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Date: 2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Network Spotlight: Community Care Alliance
Describes key aspects of the Grand Junction, Colorado based Community Care Alliance (CCA) through an interview with Marnell Bradfield, CCA's Director of Operations, and Angelina Salazar, Vice President of Outreach and Communications for CCA's parent organization, the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA). CCA's primary function is to help member organizations prepare for healthcare transformation, particularly in the areas of Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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