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Medicare Announces New ACO Initiative: The Next Generation ACO Model

By: Fred Segal On March 10, 2015, CMS announced that it will offer a new ACO Model in the near future:  The Next Generation (Next Generation) ACO Model.  The Next Generation Model will be separate and apart from the Pioneer … Continue reading

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NEW CMS ACO Program Announced

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of a new initiative for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The announcement can be accessed at http://innovation.cms.gov/initiatives/ACO-Investment-Model/. Links to additional information are … Continue reading

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Fourth Annual Broad and Cassel Health Forum Draws Record Crowd

More than 125 health care industry leaders gathered recently at the Fourth Annual Broad and Cassel Health Forum, held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, near Fort Lauderdale.   Health care experts delivered compelling messages about trends in a … Continue reading

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Christine Burke Worthen Published by AHLA

Christine Burke Worthen, Of Counsel in our Fort Lauderdale office, was recently published by the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Her article, “Legal Considerations in Negotiating ACO Contracts: The New World of Risk Assumption, Enterprise Data Analytics, and Population Health Management,” … Continue reading

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Accountable Care Organizations and Patient Safety

By: Vanessa Reynolds The Affordable Care Act created incentives for Accountable Care Organization (ACO) providers to coordinate patient care across inpatient and outpatient settings to avoid unnecessary duplication of services and to improve patient outcomes. The latter are often dependent … Continue reading

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CMS Releases Interim Financial Results for ACOs Enrolled in the Medicare Shared Savings Program

By: Fred Segal On January 30, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released interim financial results of the first contract year of its Shared Savings Program (“MSSP”). According to these results, ACOs that began the MSSP in … Continue reading

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First Coast Health Alliance and Florida Blue Form Accountable Care Program

By: Ramona Thomas In yet another new accountable care shared savings project, this time in North Florida, First Coast Health Alliance has announced that it has teamed up with Florida Blue. The announcement came out on January 14, 2014, confirming … Continue reading

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Medicare ACO’s: Compliance Checkup

By: Christine Burke Worthen With the prospect of an audit a reality for those participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program or the Pioneer ACO Program, ACO’s should periodically review their compliance with the obligations set forth in the Final … Continue reading

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Dartmouth Releases Study on Market and Demographic Factors Effecting Forming ACOs

By: Joshua Boxer This past October, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice published the findings of its study entitled, “Accountable Care Organizations in the United States: Market and Demographic Factors Associated with Formation,” in the Journal for … Continue reading

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The law of unintended consequences: Will ACOs and clinical integration increase malpractice liability?

By: Stephen Siegel The emphasis on the coordinated delivery of health care items and services is the touchstone of the emerging health care delivery system. Accountable care organizations, clinically integrated delivery systems, patient-centered medical homes, bundled payment initiatives, etc. (collectively … Continue reading

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