ACO

By Laura Lovett November 16, 2017
National data sets from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reveal that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that use PatientPing, a care coordination platform, have seen higher savings than other ACOs, the company reported. PatientPing gives “real-time” notifications to providers whenever a patient receives care at another institution. It also gives the caregivers what the company...
By Jonah Comstock August 25, 2016
A new retrospective study in the journal Health Services Research shows that patients who are more activated -- who are more involved in the self-management of their health and score higher on the the commercially available Patient Activation Measure (PAM) test -- were less likely to be hospitalized or to develop a chronic condition than those with lower PAM scores. Researchers looked at data...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a point-counterpoint set of opinion pieces yesterday on whether ACOs, as an experiment, should be declared a failure. Massachusetts General physician Dr. Zirui Song and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy Director Elliot Fisher argued for ACOs by pointing to the shades of grey between different types of ACOs and suggesting ways to focus...
By Jonah Comstock January 26, 2016
In late 2014, MobiHealthNews reported that Atlanta-based diabetes management company Rimidi was piloting its software in a 129-patient RCT with Desert Oasis Healthcare, part of Heritage California ACO, a pioneer ACO. Now the company has made public some of the preliminary results from the ongoing study, showing that patients who used Rimidi’s intervention dropped their HbA1c by 2 percentage...
By Jonah Comstock March 12, 2015
This week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it would follow up its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model with a new, Next Generation ACO Model. ACOs operating under the new model will take on more risk than their predecessors, potentially share more savings, and will have greater freedom to be reimbursed for telemedicine. “The Next Generation ACO Model is one...
By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2014
Atlanta-based rimidi is piloting its diabetes management and population health software Diabetes+Me in a 129-patient randomized control trial (RCT) with Heritage California ACO, a pioneer accountable care organization. The platform, which includes a mobile device-based patient engagement component, will be vetted for both its ability to lower A1C levels and for softer metrics like patient...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2014
Steward Health Care System's President Dr. Mark Girard, who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston this week, discussed how Steward's facilities use digital health tools to manage their patient populations. According to Girard, there are two fundamental processes in healthcare, information flows and people flows. The ideal, he said, is for both processes to be happening at...
By Aditi Pai June 18, 2014
Former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Farzad Mostashari, launched a startup this week, called Aledade, that will partner with independent primary care physicians to help them join or form accountable care organizations. "For me, health IT was never the 'ends', but a 'means' to better health and better care, and I...
By Brian Dolan April 8, 2014
Dr. Pete Hudson A little more than two years after Aetna acquired popular mobile health app-maker iTriage, its cofounders -- two emergency medical doctors -- Peter Hudson and Wayne Guerra have quietly left the health insurance company, MobiHealthNews has learned. A departure after a two-year earnout is a fairly common length of time for a startup founder to remain with their company's buyer,...
By Aditi Pai July 8, 2013
Example of RPM technology: Sotera's ViSi Mobile In a recent survey, more than half of the accountable care organizations interviewed were unsure of the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring and its ability to generate a positive return on investment. This week, Spyglass Consulting released a study on remote patient monitoring based on telephone interviews from more than 100 healthcare...