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Who Are The ‘Big Winners’ Of Medicare ACO Bonus Payments?

By Athena Mandros In August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest round of performance results for the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) programs (see Medicare Accountable Care Organizations 2015 Performance Year Quality and Financial Results). CMS estimates that, in total, the Medicare ACO programs produced $466 million dollars in savings …

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It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted in a human being, a Canadian analysis of the rising volume of emergency-room visits …

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Texas: Enhancing diabetes care through personalized, high-touch case management

The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) uses a wide array of strategies to help their patients with diabetes – approximately 45 percent of their patient population – better manage their condition. The diabetes initiatives aim to support patients to understand their disease, undergo lifestyle changes, and systematically employ diabetes management approaches. All …

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