Keeping Care Accountable for the Most Vulnerable Patients
With the official March 1 launch of Partners HealthCare’s Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO), a host of tools designed to better serve the medical needs of Medicaid patients will now benefit more of our highest risk patients in this population.
Specialty Pharmacy Offers Dedicated Support for Patients and Physicians
Enbrel. Humira. Sovaldi. Xeloda. For many people suffering from chronic inflammatory arthritis, gastrointestinal illnesses, and certain cancer diagnoses, medications like these can be highly effective in managing conditions and improving overall quality of life, but also very expensive and challenging to manage at home.
Medicaid Program Brings New Focus on Social Factors of Health
What does one’s method of transportation to and from work have to do with their health? Quite a bit, according to a growing body of evidence showing that social and economic factors—such as education, food security, housing, and income, and the environment—along with health behaviors can account for a full 80 percent of a person’s health outcomes.
Heads of Brigham, Mass General Speak Out on New Health Care Bill
On October 23rd, the Massachusetts State Senate held a hearing at the State House to weigh the pros and cons of a new health care bill it is considering. A major component of the proposal would set a new target for hospital spending.
Partners Joins 18 Health Organizations to Improve MassHealth ACO
As the state seeks to overhaul its Medicaid program, MassHealth, with the most ambitious redesign in more than 20 years, it has chosen no less than 18 provider groups to help launch the effort in January 2018, including Partners HealthCare.
What’s Hindering ACO Success: Physician and Patient Turnover Impacts Medicare Reform
A new study by researchers at Partners HealthCare, one of the nation’s largest Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), shows that physician turnover and low numbers of enrolled patients play a key role in an ACO’s ability to meet its financial targets.
Massachusetts Health Care – The Road Ahead
The Commonwealth’s commission on provider price variation is nearing the end of its deliberations. The commission has worked diligently since last year and co-chairs Representative Jeffrey Sanchez and Senator James Welch deserve credit for the effort they have made to find consensus among disparate perspectives.
PBS NewsHour Examines Partners' Progress on Accountable Care
Now that the Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model is an integral part of many health care systems across the U.S., including Partners, PBS NewsHour recently asked: How are they working? A number of Partners HealthCare staff who work at the forefront of the ACO movement answered.
Partners Continues Optimization of Care for Medicare Beneficiaries with Next Generation ACO Model
After five years in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model, which is being phased out by CMS, Partners HealthCare will continue to optimize care for Medicare beneficiaries under a similar initiative called the Next Generation ACO Model.