>Berwick touts ACOs in an exclusive online commentary

> We can have it all By CMS Administrator Dr. Donald BerwickPosted: May 17, 2011 – 1:00 pm ET American healthcare is at a crossroads. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, we are now well on route to assuring that all Americans have the peace of mind that comes with access to healthcare insurance. Thanks…

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>Sequel Systems partners with Beacon IPA

> Sequel Systems partners with Beacon IPA Melville, NY – March 30, 2011 – Sequel Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Beacon IPA, LLC. This partnership will offer an exciting new benefit to the hundreds of physicians in Beacon IPA’s rapidly growing membership. Sequel Systems will be helping the IPA physicians…

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>In an ACO, Who’s Accountable?

>  Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011 If the accountable care organization becomes the dominant way healthcare is organized in the future, providers will likely face the wrath of both the public and the pundits under ACOs. That will come later, but it is inevitable because one of the chief priorities of ACOs…

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>50 Things to Know About the Proposed ACO Regulations

> By By Scott Becker, JD, CPA, R. Brent Rawlings, JD, Barton Walker, JD, and Lindsey Dunn | April 04, 2011 This article briefly outlines 50 things to know about the Medicare Shared Savings Program proposed rule — which established Medicare accountable care organizations — released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 31. The…

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>A Watershed Day for Accountable Care Organizations

> By David A. Manko, Esq. and George Choriatis, Esq.Yesterday was a watershed day for accountable care organizations (ACOs) – a new type of healthcare organization being promoted under ongoing health reform initiatives, particularly the recently enacted federal health reform legislation (the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or “PPACA”). Such reform initiatives seek to…

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>WSJ: What is an ACO?

> By AVERY JOHNSON The 2010 health-care law encourages the development of accountable-care organizations as a way to improve care and reduce costs. So what exactly are accountable-care organizations, anyway? In broad outline, these entities propose to unite doctors and clinics or hospitals in groups that pool their resources with the goal of trimming spending…

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>New survey shows EHRs benefit even small providers

> By Mary MosqueraTuesday, March 08, 2011 A survey of studies from recent years shows that health information technology has benefited healthcare providers, even small practices, refuting other recent findings that suggest electronic health records and other health IT do not produce positive effects for patient care. Previous studies focused on the early years of…

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>Beacon IPA – Empire BCBS Partnership

> It gives me great pleasure to announce that today, March 1st, 2011 we officially go live with our agreement with Empire BCBS. We look forward to a fantastic partnership combining increases in quality of care with cost savings. We are all confident this partnership will be beneficial to all the physician providers of Beacon…

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