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Next Generation ACOs form coalition

FierceHealthcare reports in a new article:

“Next Generation ACOs take on greater financial risk than other programs, such as the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and in return are offered greater flexibility for care coordinationBut they’ve also faced blowback, with some calling for these models to be scrapped or severely overhauled because the promised savings slow to materialized

So 29 participants in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Next Generation ACO program—including Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Henry Ford Health System, Mission Health, Carillion Clinic and Trinity Health—are teaming up to work with the agency to ensure the model stays in place for the long-term.”

To read the piece, please hit this link.


Emergency in Vt.? Link up with an S.D. physician


Mt. Ascutney, the subject of many celebrated painters over the years.

Hospitals & Health Networks reports:

“The emergency department at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a 25-bed critical access hospital in Windsor, Vt., is staffed by physician assistants, with an emergency physician on backup. But if they need more immediate help, the push of a button will summon emergency medicine specialists — from South Dakota.

“A two-way, high-definition video/audio link connects two Mt. Ascutney Hospital emergency bays to Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Avera Health, a leading provider of tele-emergency services, through an arrangement with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Telehealth. Mt. Ascutney Hospital is an affiliate of Dartmouth-Hitchcock {Medical Center, based in Lebanon, N.H., and   the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.)

3 systems move against low-volume procedures


U.S. News & World Report says:

Three of the nation’s top academic medical systems – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Michigan – will  impose minimum-volume standards to bar their hospitals  from performing certain procedures “unless both the hospitals and their surgeons do them often enough to keep their skill level up.”

The move comes after  U.S. News  story showing that hospitals “that do small numbers of common procedures place patients at far greater risk than those that do lots of them.”

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