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Category: Accountable Care Organizations

Most ACOs are Accountable in Name Only

In his KevinMD blog post , Brian Klepper, Ph.D. voices what many employers fear: that most Accountable Care Organizations are "accountable in name only". Klepper notes that although there is some movement toward change, few organizations are turning their operations "in a different direction". The culprit? Fee-for-service payment, which results in "business as usual" and provides no real threat to existing health care excesses. As several health system CFOs have said to Klepper "Why... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, January 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Providers Offering Price Guarantees to Insurers to Stabilize Employer Health Costs

From the National Business Coalition on Health: According to  Forbes , one of the Midwest’s largest providers of medical care is bringing a price guarantee to a new concept being pushed by the Obama administration that rewards doctors and hospitals for working together to improve quality and cost. Milwaukee-based Aurora HealthCare has formed an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) that is working with Aetna Inc. and Wellpoint subsidiary Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 0 comments

Hospitals as Employers Using Wellness Programs Find Benefits Beyond a Healthy Workforce

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Hospitals are emphasizing employee health, in part to give them credibility when they pitch wellness programs to other companies. Hospital executives increasingly agree that employee wellness programs show a hospital can manage population health and can help the facility stand out as an employer in competitive markets. According to Becker's Hospital Review , employee health management is an opportunity for hospitals to put their money where... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 28, 2012 | 0 comments

New, More User-Friendly Health Reform Website from American Benefits Council

From the National Business Coalition on Health: The American Benefits Council, an important strategic partner of NBCH, has announced its new, more user-friendly website. The Health Care Reform issue page is now divided into its component pages, covering the wide variety of health reform issues addressed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). These individual topics are: § Employer Shared Responsibility § Market Reforms & Adult Child/Age-26 Coverage §... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, May 4, 2012 | 0 comments

High-Profile Healthcare Centers Skeptical of ACO Proposed Rules

Health Reform Update from National Business Coalition on Health As NBCH and many organizations are preparing to submit comments to HHS on the ACO federal regulations, the nation’s highest-profile health care centers — the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare or the Geisinger Health System —have so many concerns with the proposed rule to create ACOs that they doubt that they will participate. The 2010 health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) created the... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 0 comments

MBGH's Health Reform Meeting Outlined Key Decisions for Employers

Andy Webber, CEO and President of the National Business Coalition on Health in Washington, DC, addressed a room full of Memphis employers and community leaders at Christian Brothers University on December 14,2010, on "Health Care Reform: The Uncertain Journey Forward" Andy suggested there are three chapters in health reform, each of which include key decisions for employers: Chapter 1: Health Insurance & Benefits Regulation Will employers choose to continue grandfather status for... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | 0 comments

Memphis Employers: Accountable Care Organizations Are Coming! Are You Ready?

Memphis employers, employees & their families will definitely be affected by the latest trend to hit the healthcare delivery system: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The concept is not entirely new but is a new version of an old idea: paying systems of care to be accountable for the health and health care of a group of people. So why all the buzz? Well, the recently passed Health Reform law requires Medicare to begin to work with these types of systems in 2012. Hospitals,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 0 comments


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