ACO roundup: Where Trump's HHS secretary pick stands on value-based care

Key accountable care news from the past week

The Daily Briefing editorial team rounds up recent accountable care news.

  • Massachusetts Medicaid ACO program takes shape. Six health care organizations will launch ACOs as part of a pilot program to reform how the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth, pays for and delivers care. The state received federal approval earlier this month to transition the program to an ACO model. Participants in the pilot include some of the state's largest providers, such as Partners HealthCare, Steward Health Care System, and University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care. About 160,000 MassHealth beneficiaries will participate in the pilot, and the ACO-based system is expected to be fully implemented by December 2017.

  • BUILD Health Challenge gains new funders. Two years ago, Advisory Board, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched the BUILD Health Challenge as funding partners. The challenge is focused on building partnerships between community organizations, hospital systems, health departments, and other stakeholders to address social determinants of health and other "upstream" issues that can affect the cost and quality of health care. This week, five new funders announced they are joining the program: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, Episcopal Health Foundation, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, New Jersey Health Initiatives, and Telligen Community Initiative.

  • Where Trump's HHS secretary pick stands on value-based care. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for HHS secretary, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), has supported the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and has broadly supported value-based payments. However, he has criticized certain aspects of MACRA's implementation as well as its reporting requirements. In addition, Price has opposed mandatory payment programs implemented by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. In September, Price and about 180 House colleagues called on CMS to halt new mandatory payment reforms that the lawmakers argued could harm health care quality and exceed the agency's authority.

From Advisory Board:

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