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Quality care model pegged as ‘new frontier’


ATLANTA – As health care continues its shift from a quantity to quality care model, there’s no simple answer as to how DME providers can make sure they’re part of the picture, said attorneys at Medtrade on Monday.

CMS releases performance results for ACOs


WASHINGTON – Accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Pioneer ACO Model and Medicare Shared Savings Program generated more than $372 million in savings in their second and first years, respectively, CMS reported Sept. 16.

AAHomecare appoints new manager of regulatory affairs


WASHINGTON – AAHomecare has hired Heather Boyd to be its new manager of regulatory affairs, according to a bulletin from the organization. Boyd has six years of experience with healthcare policy, focusing specifically on Medicare regulations.

ACOs: Familiarize yourself with obstacles

Q. What obstacles to ACO growth have been identified?

A. By January 2013, 250 Accountable Care Organizations were approved by CMS serving an estimated 4 million Medicare beneficiaries. These ACOs are located across the country with approximately 20% serving low-income and rural communities.