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What’s So New about ACOs? Not Much



Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) are likely to become more popular when ACO-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act reach the implementation phase. But a new report suggests that the ACO model, through which health care...

February Deadlines Loom for ACA-Funded Programs



Feb. 1 and Feb. 6 are the application deadlines for 2 Affordable Care Act-authorized programs that are designed to increase the quality and reduce the cost of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries. The programs will...

6 Reasons Why HIT Isn’t Making the Grade



Information technology (IT) pervades every aspect of modern life, but the U.S. health care system remains largely paper-based. A new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center Task Force on Delivery System Reform and Health IT...

The Power of Membership



In his April message, CAST Executive Director Majd Alwan shares CAST’s plan to capitalize on its most important assets: CAST Supporters, Patrons and Business Associates to help the broader LeadingAge membership use technology to advance their...

Are Interoperability Issues Hurting ACOs?



Difficulties with data exchange are keeping Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) from more fully engaging patients, managing risk, or delivering distance-based medicine, according to a recent survey.  Difficulties with data...

Building a Better Referral Relationship

by Debra Wood, R.N.


Building a Better Referral Relationship Debra Wood, R.N. 2012-03-14 Debra Wood, R.N., is a writer who lives in Orlando, FL. Health care reform and changing reimbursement realities mean that referral relationships with acute care and...

The Time is Now for Partnering With Hospitals and Health Systems

by Gregg Loughman and Kathryn Peisert


The Time is Now for Partnering With Hospitals and Health Systems Gregg Loughman and Kathryn Peisert 2012-11-15 Gregg Loughman is vice president, and Kathryn Peisert is managing editor, for The Governance Institute, Lincoln, NE. 7454 7448...

Jewish Senior Life Breaks Ground on New Memory Support House


Jewish Senior Life announces the groundbreaking for their new memory support house, called Marian’s House. Marian’s House will be a retreat for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing meals, personal care, and specialized programming...

Joining an ACO? Don’t Forget the HIT



Without health information technology (HIT) health professionals would be hard pressed to provide coordinated, patient-centered and accountable care. Interoperable health information technology (HIT) is essential to the proper...

How Did the First Year Go for Medicare ACOs?



Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) finished their first year in the Medicare Shared Savings Program with $3.5 million at risk and information technology systems plagued by difficulties. Accountable Care Organizations...

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