Next Generation ACOs Offer Higher Risk But Greater Rewards

The Next Generation ACOs are part of the government’s plan to transition from paying providers on a fee-for-service schedule to a pay-for-performance system.

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Primary Care Providers Prefer Health IT to Payment Reform Models

Primary care providers have a higher opinion of health IT advances in healthcare than they do of payment reform models, such as accountable care organizations and medical home, according to a recent study by The Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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ACOs Set to Transform Healthcare

The Nursing Informatics Symposium was a workshop offered on the weekend preceding the HIMSS conference. The symposium provided a glimpse into a more mature electronic health record (EHR) environment—where quality, performance improvement, patient engagement, and reimbursement models are under close scrutiny, and strategies that address those topics center around the EHR. Linda Fischetti, RN, MS, vice president of care delivery at Aetna, described Aetna’s work around accountable care organizations (ACOs) in her presentation.

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ACO Summit Highlights

Main takeaways from the recent ACO Summit, held to examine the healthcare industry’s progress in transitioning to accountable care organizations.

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