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CMS announces new Medicare ACOs


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced 21 new participants in Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives designed to improve the care patients receive  and lower costs. With this announcement, ACOs now represent 49 states and the District of Columbia.

In California: 4 ‘perturbations’ in healthcare sector


In this HealthAffairs podcast , Arnold Milstein, M.D., discusses important aspects of the California health-policy landscape. Milstein, a professor of medicine at Stanford University and medical director of the Pacific Business Group on Health, discusses four “perturbations” in the California healthcare market, as summarized below by HealthAffairs editors:

  • “Increased transparency, specifically at the level of the healthcare provider.
  • “Experiments in patient incentives—that go beyond incentives to choose less expensive plans or medications—in the form of narrow and tiered networks and reference pricing.
  • “Private Accountable Care initiatives led notably by Anthem and Blue Shield plans, reinforced by the Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program and California’s traditional robust managed-care market.
  • “Provider consolidation, propelled by hospital acquisition of or close affiliation with physician groups.”



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