Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Medicare Accountable Care Organizations

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPAC), also known as Obamacare, is a United States federal statute passed in March of 2010. The Act creates a nationwide insurance system and provides federal... more +
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Impact of Health Care Reform on Provider Liability

In this presentation: - The Changing Healthcare Landscape - Key Features of an ACO/CIN - ACO Standards and Quality Metrics - Examples of Quality Standards - Impact on Board and Corporate...more

The ACA’s Bumpy Ride

From the monumental failure of the initial government website for the federal health insurance marketplace (healthcare.gov) to the looming employer mandate, the Affordable Care Act has garnered its fair share of criticism....more

CMS Report Shows Some Medicare Cost Savings Through ACO Model

A report published last week by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstrated, in the words of CMS, “encouraging results” in the reduction of healthcare costs to Medicare and improvement in the...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: - Wednesday, January 15: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Vendors in the OR- VA’s Failed Oversight of Surgical Implants.” The House...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...more

Health Care Reform Update -- December 23, 2013

In This Issue: CMS Signals Major Changes Coming for Pioneer ACOs; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and...more

Pioneer ACOs Exit the Program

On July 16, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the first year results from its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program. The program, launched by the CMS Innovation Center, is part...more

Win, Lose, and Push: CMS Announces First Year Results on the Pioneer ACO Program

On July 16, 2013, CMS announced results from the first performance year of the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model. In the release, CMS reported that the Pioneer ACO participants held Medicare cost increases...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced yesterday it was delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance to its employees...more

Antitrust Law Encourages Accountable Care Organizations (“ACOs”) Formation

Once again, the staff of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has rebutted claims by physician groups that state legislation is needed to allow independent physicians to collaborate....more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 14, 2013

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conditionally approved state partnership marketplaces in Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia; Accountable Care Organizations wrote to the Centers for...more

More Providers Form Accountable Care Organizations; Growth in Medicare Spending Continues to Decrease

On January 10, 2013, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 106 new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have formed and begun participating in the Shared Savings Program as of January 1, 2013....more

Time's Up: Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore ACOs

Of the healthcare recommendations announced by the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council last month, ACOs address all four. First of all, the ACO is clearly a new delivery model that uses the “full continuum of care givers.” ...more

Birmingham Medical News: 2012 Health Care Year In Preview

The health care events of 2012 can be properly divided into "Before" and "After": Before the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act and President Obama's re-election and After. Before these two events, the viability...more

How Physician Practices and Physicians Can Take Advantage of the Supreme Court's ACA Ruling

The June 28th Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") removed some of the uncertainty surrounding the immediate short-term prospects for health care reform. Now that the debate...more

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