Even as Medicare ACOs Delivered Mixed Results in 2014, Primary Care Physicians Were Awarded Biggest Share of Bonus Payments

AJMC study shows ACOs that allocate majority of shared savings to primary care providers are more likely to generate savings When it came time to pay bonuses to Medicare’s Pioneer ACOs and Shared Savings Program (MSSP) ACOs based on 2014 results, a substantial proportion of the payments went to primary care physicians compared to hospitals and specialist physicians. Significantly, only a minority of these ACOs qualified for bonus payments. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers watching...

First Health Park Opens in Georgia: Brings Integrated Clinical Services to the Community, Including Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing

Health parks are one way health systems will respond to both the demand for integrated care and the need to expand access to those newly-insured because of the ACA law In Georgia, WellStar Health System, a five-hospital health system, recently opened the first of a series of planned “health parks.” This is a new concept that assembles many different types of health services into a single setting. Medical laboratory testing is expected to be one of the clinical services contained within these...
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