accountable care organizations


accountable care organizations

Cost Containment the New Norm

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - 13:54
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 12:39
Whether the health reform law is held to be constitutional or not, The Fiscal Times reports that it may not matter to industry members. Cost controls have already been reinvigorated in part due to the law's mandates and the discourse that has ensued.

Obama Administration Softens ACO Regulations in Response to Industry Concerns

Friday, October 21st, 2011 - 14:05
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 13:30
After a firestorm of criticism about its first iteration of regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs), the Obama administration has released final regulations that are much more palatable to the health care industry.

GOP Lawmakers Turn Up Heat On ACO Rules

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 - 22:28
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 21:50
Seven GOP senators have written the Obama administration asking that proposed rules for accountable care organizations be rescinded, according to PBS Newshour. The senators -- Tom Coburn, Jon Kyl, Mike Crapo, Mike Enzi, John Cornyn, Pat Roberts and Richard Burr -- described the rules as "unworkable."

Influential Groups Say Accountable Care Regulations Too Onerous

Friday, May 13th, 2011 - 12:20
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 11:52
One of the major cost-cutting efforts within the health reform law has gotten off to a rocky start, after the American Medical Association described the Obama administration's proposed rules governing Accountable Care Organizations as onerous and unworkable, according to The Associated Press.

More Details On Accountable Care Organizations

Friday, April 1st, 2011 - 9:56
Friday, April 1, 2011 - 09:35
Now that everyone has had more time to digest the hundreds of pages of proposed rules for accountable care organizations, here are some of the highlights. The public will have two months to comment on the proposal, and final rules will be issued by HHS later this year.

HHS Releases Proposed Rules Governing Accountable Care Organizations

Thursday, March 31st, 2011 - 12:05
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 11:50
The Department of Health and Human Services this morning released hundreds of pages in rules governing accountable care organizations (ACOs), which are networks of health providers who will be judged on their ability to meet health performance measures.

Would Accountable Care Organizations Be Adequate Without Patient Incentives?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 - 9:49
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 09:24
As regulators move toward releasing rules governing the formation of accountable care organizations, Mark Lutes and Joel Brill are asking for the inclusion of patient incentives to drive a trend toward cheaper and more efficient care. They suggest that personal responsibility -- or maybe just interest -- among patients is an important factor in lowering costs.

Competing Interests Vie for Beneficial Accountable Care Organization Regulations

Monday, January 10th, 2011 - 11:17
Monday, January 10, 2011 - 09:46
Federal regulators are expected to issue rules governing the operation of accountable care organizations in the early part of this year, and interests that could be helped or hurt by the regulations are not missing the chance to make their views known. Kaiser Health News provides this excellent rundown of the jockeying between insurance companies and doctor and hospital groups to create ACOs that will be beneficial to their cause.

Making Accountable Care Organizations Work Under Health Reform

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 - 11:11
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 09:43
While many derided the lack of cost-reduction provisions under health reform, accountable care organizations -- if set up properly -- have a chance to provide a model for how the nation can rearrange incentives in health care markets. The goal of ACOs is to bring primary-care doctors, hospitals, specialists and insurance companies together to provide integrated care based on the incentive of cost-saving.

Accountable Care Organizations: Cost-Savers or Price-Fixers?

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 - 10:36
Monday, November 22, 2010 - 09:19
While many criticize health reform for not doing enough to address the rising cost of health care, supporters hope the law's emphasis on accountable care organizations will provide an early model for streamlined care. But as doctors and hospitals move toward more consolidation, some consumer advocates are raising fears that these networks will use their power to set prices and punish consumers rather than providing a sleaker, cheaper form of care.