ACO predecessor saved Medicare money.

Or, unscrupulous doctors approve patients for hospice treatment who aren’t terminally ill and may be going through something as small as recent weight reduction . CQ HealthBeat: Medicare Official Reminds Insurers Of Outcomes Of Low Rankings In an effort to discourage participation in low-performing Medicare Advantage wellness plans, a high Medicare official Tuesday reminded an audience of insurers that seniors who wish to sign up for such plans will have to call the firm rather than joining online. Jon Blum, deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Solutions, told a meeting sponsored by the trade group America’s MEDICAL HEALTH INSURANCE Programs that Medicare beneficiaries are certain to get warnings about wellness plans that have received ratings of fewer than three superstars for three consecutive years.It is quantifiable and yet stubbornly not eminently. The objective of widespread EHR adoption, as envisioned by the Obama administration in 2008, was allowing a changeover from volume-centered to value-based payments: a digital infrastructure was essential for measuring quality. At the right time, however, less than 17 percent of physician practices were using EHRs, and their systems often lacked necessary data-capture capabilities. Given the high up-front costs and uncertainty relating to future returns, financial and cultural hurdles to adoption were formidable.