DATE CHANGE: NC Population Health Collaborative Will Meet March 15

The NC Population Health Collaborative’s first quarter meeting has been changed to Thursday, March 15, from 11:30 am until 4:00 pm at the JB Duke Hotel, Ballrooms C-E, 230 Science Drive, Durham, NC. View the agenda. For more information, please contact Dana Lucas, dlucas@ncmedsoc.org or visit the registration website. REGISTER NOW The purpose of the NC Population […]

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Coastal Carolina Ranks First in the Nation for Medicare ACO Quality Performance

Coastal Carolina Quality Care in New Bern ranked first in the nation for quality performance as a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in 2016. Coastal Carolina had an overall quality score of 96.19 percent, while Physicians Healthcare Collaborative, the ACO associated with Wilmington Health, ranked 15th nationally with an overall quality score […]

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Four Years Later TAC Boasts 40+ Members and Dozens of Toolkits

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Over four years ago a group of far-sighted individuals launched the Toward Accountable Care Consortium and Initiative (TAC). The Consortium now includes over 40 health care association and organization members, who joined for the purpose of preparing the medical community for the transition to value. The Consortium was successful in securing two grants from The […]

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Two More ACO Partnerships Formed in NC

Recently, Aetna and UnitedHealthcare formed accountable care partnerships with several major medical groups in the state. Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are focused on enhancing care coordination between doctors and others involved in patient care; improving patient experience and health outcomes for everyone in the plan; and lowering overall costs for care. Last week, Aetna established […]

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Duke Connected Care: A Learning Opportunity While Serving the Community

Back in 2009-2010, as the Affordable Care Act was being debated and then passed, Duke Health Systems decided they could not sit on the sidelines and watch as the whole landscape of health care was changing and new models of care were emerging. They needed to take part, but slowly and methodically, they decided, and […]

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Pioneer ACO Model Generates Medicare Savings, Independent Report Reveals

The US Department of Health and Human Services released an independent evaluation report showing an innovative payment model created as a pilot project by the Affordable Care Act generated substantial savings to Medicare in just two years. Additionally, the independent Office of the Actuary in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has certified […]

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NCMS Foundation Seeks Rural Providers for ACO Opportunity

The North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Foundation seeks to identify rural providers interested in learning more about developing an Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new funding opportunity specifically for rural providers.  CMS wants to encourage providers to form Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs in […]

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CMS Announces Next Generation ACO

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center introduced the “Next Generation Accountable Care Organization” model of payment and care delivery on March 10, 2015. This initiative is for ACOs experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients and will allow these provider groups to assume higher levels of financial risk and reward […]

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NC ACO Collaborative Draws Crowd to Raleigh

On Thursday, March 5, members of the NC ACO Collaborative packed the auditorium of the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Center for Leadership in Medicine in Raleigh for the first of its twice- yearly meeting. The gathering brings together ACOs, aspiring ACOs, ACO participants and other interested parties like the representatives from the State Health […]

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Move Toward ‘Pay for Quality’ Accelerates With HHS Announcement

In an announcement last week, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell set the stage for more aggressive adoption of a Medicare reimbursement system centered on paying physicians based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they provide patients.The program she described will have measurable goals and a timeline. […]

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