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Act now on ACOs


Due to the rapid growth of accountable care organizations (ACOs), HME providers can’t afford to wait until all the details are ironed out before they join in the fray, stakeholders say. 

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.

ACOs: Understand, comply with ACO waivers

Q. What are the ACO waivers?

A. ACOs were created to coordinate care for patients, improve outcomes and reduce medical costs.

ACOs: Work within an integrated network

Q. How can HME providers help ACOs function more effectively in emergency circumstances?

A. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, healthcare news was flooded with stories of HME providers tirelessly caring for their patients during the storm.

ACOs: Don't wait for repeal of health reform

Q. What impact will the recent elections have on the growth of ACOs?

A. In the past year, 147 accountable care organizations (ACOs) entered the Medicare program. These ACOs sprang from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010.

Hot partnerships leave others cold


ALTOONA, Pa. – Provider Jim Young knows all anyone wants to talk about these days is accountable care organizations, but he’s not convinced they’ll be a good thing for the industry.

'This is your time:' Summit recharges providers


PITTSBURGH – Several speakers at the HME News Business Summit had the same take-home message for providers: “This is your time.”

VGM helps providers position themselves as ‘solution’


WATERLOO, Iowa – The VGM Group, at Medtrade next week, will launch the Outcomes Plus Wellness Network, a program designed to put HME providers on solid footing in a world of ACOs and other healthcare reform initiatives.

Providers seek inside track with hospitals


YARMOUTH, Maine - The details on accountable care organizations (ACOs) are still being hammered out, but savvy providers are already piloting new programs aimed at helping hospitals reduce readmissions.