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ACOs Focus on Health IT, Population Health Management Plans

October 5, 2017 - Trimming costs by implementing coordinated, high-touch population health management initiatives is the primary focus for the majority of accountable care organizations (ACOs) responding to a new poll conducted by National Association of ACOs (NAACOS) and Leavitt Partners. The survey, which collected responses from 240 ACOs participating in a variety of value-based care and...Naturally, up-side risk sharing remains much more popular than two-sided risk arrangements, but new options from the Medicare Shared Savings Program and MACRA’s APM structure are attracting a great deal of interest from ACOs that are starting to feel comfortable with value-based care. Most organizations are also dabbling in several different alternative payment model programs,...Chronic disease management programs are also top of mind for ACOs, with more than half stating that they have already put these strategies in place. An additional third of respondents have partially implemented these competencies, while the remaining 10 percent have plans to do so. Care coordinators are integral to these efforts. Close to 90 percent of respondents stated that these...Eighty percent are utilizing some form of population health analytics, the survey found, while 60 percent are connected to either a state or regional health information exchange (HIE). Just 56 percent are using decision-support tools, however, and a mere 40 percent have electronic medication reconciliation capabilities. On average, providers comprising each ACO use 13 different EHR...

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