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2/26/2014

Medicare Shared Savings Program Application Cycle: Deadlines to Apply for Program Year 2015

The Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) facilitates coordination and cooperation among healthcare providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries.  Eligible providers and suppliers may participate in the Shared Savings Program by creating or participating in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO.)  The Shared Savings Program rewards ACOs that lower their rate of growth in health care costs while meeting quality performance standards. You

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2/25/2014

Team-Based Care Becoming More Common

Throughout the United States, more physician practices are moving towards team-based care rather than the traditional one-on-one doctor-patient experience. Wall Street Journal provides interesting insight on this trend. Click here for full article.

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2/25/2014

Mobile-Health Industry on the Rise

Investors are pouring money into the mobile-health industry, also known as m-health, with the prospect of revolutionizing the inefficient healthcare system. Out of $2.2 billion invested in new healthcare startups last year, 25% or $564 million went to m-health businesses. In addition to new startups, big players like Google, Apple, and Qualcomm are investing in new technologies and setting up new healthcare divisions to move into this new marketplace.

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2/14/2014

Use of Acquisition-Based Strategies to Achieve Physician/Hospital Inetegration

A federal judge recently ordered Boise, Idaho-based St. Luke’s Health System to unwind its acquisition of Saltzer Medical Group on the grounds that it would give St. Luke’s too much power with payers. This suggests that systems heavily invested in or considering acquisition-based strategies as a means of achieving physician/hospital integration objectives should reconsider the aligned Independent Practice Association (IPA) model. A rigorous evaluation of the two approaches and

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2/14/2014

Recent Reports about ACOs Show Growth and Early Positive Results

Early positive results have been demonstrated in current Accountable Care Organization activity. ACOs have also grown to a point where consumers in most major markets have a choice between ACOs. Competition is deepening and some critical questions should be addressed to stay ahead. What differentiates your ACO and the nature of your payer relationships? Is there an adequate level of plan/provider collaboration to streamline a member’s ability to navigate

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2/14/2014

Integrating Specialist and Primary Care into the ACO

The role of primary care is key to the success of Accountable Care Organizations. Primary care offices are depended on to provide enhanced access to efficient care, care coordination and for population health management at the practice level. However, there can be a disconnect between what a primary care practice is willing to do and what a system is looking to achieve in the ACO transformation. Given this, it

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