ACO roundup: Task force says 47% of member businesses tied to value-based care

Key accountable care news from the past week

  • A federal judge struck down the ACA. (But hospitals shouldn't panic yet.) A federal judge on Friday dealt the Affordable Care Act a major blow, ruling that the entire law, including its coverage expansions, payment models, and patient protections, are unconstitutional. But legal experts and public health officials noted the ruling has no immediate effects and is likely to be appealed.

  • Study: United States' total outpatient, inpatient costs exceed those of other nations. Total health care costs for inpatient and outpatient services in 2016 were higher in the United States than in more than 100 other nations, according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health. The study found that the average outpatient visit in the United States costs almost $500, while the average inpatient visit costs more than $22,000. The researchers said the substantial variation in health care service costs among nations means that any plans for setting a global utilization standard for universal health coverage should factor in inefficiencies in current health care systems.

  • Health Care Transformation Task Force ties 47% of businesses to value-based models. The Health Care Transformation Task Force in a new progress report said its participating provider and payer members tied 47% of their businesses to value-based payment arrangements by the end of 2017—putting the group on track to meet its goal of having 75% of its businesses operating under such models by the end of 2020. The task force, which launched in 2014, includes organizations such as Aetna, Aledade, Ascension, Anthem, Atrius Health, the Cleveland Clinic, several Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations, Geisinger, and Partners HealthCare, among others. 

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