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We're only two months into 2013, and this has already proven to be a busy year for payment innovation. So far, we have welcomed 106 new Medicare ACOs and more than 450 Medicare bundling sites—not to mention the range of program and pilots underway in the private sector.
This year also marks an important evolution in the transition to accountable care. Providers are increasingly shifting focus from evaluating potential payment models to operating under new risk-based contracts.
To support providers beginning to tackle risk-based contracts, I want to introduce Toward Accountable Payment readers to our sister blog, the Care Transformation Center Blog. Log in now to subscribe to their email alerts.
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With the launch of 106 new Medicare ACOs and more than 450 Medicare bundled payment sites, 2013 is already proving to be a busy year for payment transformation.
As hospitals, health systems, and medical groups experiment with new payment models, many leaders approach these efforts with an eye toward history. Leaders often (and rightly) point out that many have been down this road before and ask, “what’s different this time around?”
Fortunately, our industry is not stuck in the 90s. Providers enjoy a host of new IT systems and analytics tools to improve their ability to take on and appropriately manage risk-based payments.
Transitioning to risk-based payments? You need the right tools.
Last week, the Advisory Board’s Michael Koppenheffer wrote a provocative critique of Bill Keller’s recent New York Times op-ed, “Carrots for Doctors.” Anyone interested in physician performance improvement or accountable care will find both articles worth reading.
Exploring the role of incentives in performance improvement