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Resources by Topic: Accountable Care Organizations

MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2020
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural and urban beneficiaries and providers throughout. Chart 6-2 addresses rural hospital closures.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Interim Final Rule on Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Comments on a May 8, 2020, Federal Register interim final rule addressing flexibilities for providers in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Discusses payments for audio-only telehealth services, expanded reporting requirements for nursing homes related to COVID-19, and adjustments to the Medicare Shared Savings Program methodology.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System, June 2020
Evaluates Medicare payment issues and offers recommendations to the U.S. Congress. Includes chapters on value-based payment in Medicare, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Medicare Advantage quality bonus program, the impact of changes in the 21st Century Cures Act to risk adjustment for Medicare Advantage enrollees, Medicare Part D, separately payable drugs in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system, and the Medicare end-stage renal disease prospective payment system. Examines the current payment policy for low-volume and rural dialysis facilities and proposes changes.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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CMS Innovation Center COVID-19 Flexibilities
Shares flexibilities and adjustments to current and future Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) models in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Addresses changes related to financial methodologies, quality reporting, and model timelines.
Additional links: CMS Model Flexibilities Table
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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CMS Expands Telehealth, Tweaks Medicare ACOs in Latest Regulatory Package
Provides an overview of proposed CMS regulations regarding COVID-19 and their impact on ACOs. Discusses deferring risk level increases for 2021, suspending the 2021 application cycle, disregarding COVID-19 costs in financial calculations, and more.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Caravan Health
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Rural Hospital Participation in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations
Report explores the rates of rural hospital participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program (SSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Details some of the factors that correspond to participation and compares rates by region and by rural status.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Second Evaluation Report: Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model Evaluation
Reports on the impact of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization model in 2016 and 2017, with information on the full sample of 46 participating NGACOs. Provides information on the models' impact on gross and net Medicare spending. The appendices include data on community characteristics, including rurality.
Additional links: Findings at a Glance, Technical Appendices
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, NORC at the University of Chicago
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The Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program: South East Rural Physicians Alliance
Describes and examines the impact of a care coordination program developed by the South East Rural Physicians Alliance-Independent Physician Association located in Nebraska. Program focuses on clinic-based care coordination for high-risk patients with diagnosed diabetes or congestive heart failure. Funded under the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Grant Program from 2015-2018.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Continuing on the Road to Value
Slides presented at the 2019 Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) Annual Conference discussing management methods and policy initiatives for transitioning hospitals to value-based care.
Author(s): Keith Mueller
Date: 11/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Financial Incentives to Improve Community Health
Slides presented at the 2019 National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) Annual Meeting discussing several federal initiatives as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the Medicare Shared Savings Program and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), resulting in controlled costs, improved quality of care, and offering financial incentives. Identifies how State Offices of Rural Health can support health organizations to participate successfully in these initiatives.
Author(s): Keith Mueller
Date: 10/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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