CMS has named 106 new accountable care organizations that will participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective Jan. 1. With the addition of the 106 new organizations, as many as 4 million Medicare beneficiaries will be covered by a CMS ACO. According to CMS, the savings achieved by its ACOs could be up to $940 million in four years. The new group of ACOs includes 15 Advance Payment Model ACOs, which are physician-based or rural organizations that will benefit from greater access to capital. The application period for organizations wanting to participate in the MSSP in 2014 will begin this summer. The 106 new ACOs named to the MSSP are listed here, with their service areas: 1. A.M. Beajow, MD Internal Medicine Associates ACO, P.C. (Nevada) 2. AAMC Collaborative Care Network (Maryland) 3. Accountable Care Clinical Services, PC (California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania) 4. Accountable Care Coalition of Central Georgia (Georgia) 5. Accountable Care Coalition of DeKalb (Georgia) 6. Accountable Care Coalition of Georgia (Georgia) 7. Accountable Care Coalition of Greater Athens Georgia II (Georgia) 8. Accountable Care Coalition of Greater Augusta & Statesboro (Georgia, South Carolina) 9. Accountable Care Coalition of New Mexico (New Mexico) 10. Accountable Care Coalition of North Central Florida (Florida) 11. Accountable Care Coalition of North Texas (Texas) 12. Accountable Care Coalition of Southern Georgia (Georgia) 13. Accountable Care Coalition of Western Georgia (Alabama, Georgia) 14. Accountable Care Organization of New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts) 15. ACO of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) 16. Advocare Walgreens Well Network (New Jersey) 17. Affiliated Physicians IPA (California) 18. Akira Health (California) 19. Alegent Health Partners (Nebraska) 20. Alexian Brothers Accountable Care Organization (Illinois) 21. Amarillo Legacy Medical ACO (Texas) 22. American Health Alliance (Florida) 23. American Health Network of Ohio (Ohio) 24. APCN-ACO (California) 25. Arizona Care Network (Arizona) 26. Atlanticare Health Solutions (New Jersey) 27. AVETA Accountable Care (Puerto Rico) 28. BAROMA Health Partners (Florida) 29. Billings Clinic (Montana, Wyoming) 30. Bon Secours Good Helpcare (Kentucky, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia) 31. Cambridge Health Alliance (Massachusetts) 32. Cape Cod Health Network ACO (Massachusetts) 33. Cedars-Sinai Accountable Care (California) 34. Central Florida Physicians Trust (Florida) 35. Central Jersey ACO (New Jersey) 36. Christie Clinic Physician Services (Illinois) 37. Collaborative Care of Florida (Florida) 38. Collaborative Health ACO (Massachusetts) 39. Colorado Accountable Care (Colorado) 40. Community Health Network (Minnesota) 41. Diagnostic Clinic Walgreens Well Network (Florida) 42. Doctors Connected (Virginia) 43. Essential Care Partners II (Texas) 44. Fort Smith Physicians Alliance ACO (Arkansas, Oklahoma) 45. Franciscan Northwest Physicians Health Network (Washington) 46. Franciscan Union ACO (Illinois, Indiana) 47. GPIPA ACO (Arizona, New Mexico) 48. Hartford HealthCare Affordable Care Organization (Connecticut) 49. HHC ACO (New York) 50. HNMC Hospital/Physician ACO (New Jersey) 51. Independent Physicians’ ACO of Chicago (Illinois) 52. Indiana Care Organization (Indiana) 53. Indiana Lakes ACO (Indiana) 54. Integral Healthcare (Florida) 55. Integrated ACO (Texas) 56. KCMPA (Kansas, Missouri) 57. KentuckyOne Health Partners (Indiana, Kentucky) 58. Keystone Accountable Care Organization (New York, Pennsylvania) 59. Lahey Clinical Performance Accountable Care Organization (Massachusetts, New Hampshire) 60. Lower Shore ACO (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) 61. Marshfield Clinic (Wisconsin) 62. Maryland Collaborative Care (Maryland, Washington, D.C.) 63. MCM Accountable Care Organization (Florida) 64. Medicare Value Partners (Illinois) 65. Mercy ACO (Arkansas, Missouri) 66. Meridian Accountable Care Organization (New Jersey) 67. Meritage ACO (California) 68. Morehouse Choice ACO-ES (Georgia) 69. National ACO (California) 70. Nature Coast ACO (Florida) 71. NOMS ACO (Ohio) 72. Northeast Florida Accountable Care (Florida) 73. Northern Maryland Collaborative Care (Maryland) 74. Northwest Ohio ACO (Michigan, Ohio) 75. Ochsner Accountable Care Network (Louisiana, Mississippi) 76. OneCare Vermont Accountable Care Organization (New Hampshire, Vermont) 77. Owensboro ACO (Indiana, Kentucky) 78. Paradigm ACO (Florida) 79. Partners in Care (Michigan) 80. Physician Organization of Michigan ACO (Michigan) 81. Physicians Collaborative Trust ACO (Florida) 82. Physicians HealthCare Collaborative (North Carolina) 83. Pioneer Valley Accountable Care (Connecticut, Massachusetts) 84. Primary Care Alliance (Florida) 85. Primary Partners ACIP (Florida) 86. ProCare Med (Florida) 87. ProHealth Physicians ACO (Connecticut) 88. Qualable Medical Professional (Tennessee, Virginia) 89. Rio Grande Valley Health Alliance (Texas) 90. Saint Francis HealthCare Partners ACO (Connecticut) 91. San Diego Independent ACO (California) 92. Scott & White Healthcare Walgreens Well Network (Texas) 93. SERPA-ACO (Nebraska) 94. South Florida ACO (Florida) 95. Southcoast Accountable Care Organization (Massachusetts, Rhode Island) 96. Southern Maryland Collaborative Care (Maryland, Washington, D.C.) 97. St. Luke’s Clinic Coordinated Care (Idaho, Oregon) 98. Summit Health-Virtua (New Jersey) 99. The Premier Health Care Network (Georgia, New Hampshire) 100. UCLA Faculty Practice Group 101. UW Health ACO (Wisconsin) 102. Virginia Collaborative Care (Virginia) 103. Wellmont Integrated Network (Tennessee, Virginia) 104. Winchester Community ACO (Massachusetts, New Hampshire) 105. Yavapai Accountable Care (Arizona) 106. Yuma Accountable Care Organization (Arizona)
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LeadingAge: PACE in VT Closes
The closure will affect about 60 seniors who go to the PACE in Colchester and another 73 seniors in the Rutland area. The Vermont PACE was part of the Rural PACE Pilot Grant Program, established under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 by Congress and administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Medicare Supplement Insurance
In 2004, Jess and Sandra heard about some exciting options for Medicare. Jess and Sandra started to learn more about the different Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, and Part D prescription plans. As Sandra puts it, “They dove into the senior market heavily; it just exploded.” Jess and Sandra have become experts in the Medicare marketplace. The demand was great back then and continues to be to this day. Sandra said, “We are certified with every company that does business here in Indiana. 80% of what we do is Medicare focused.” The annual election period is October 15 to December 7 for Medicare. “Every participant can change their current plan with Easy Street,” said Jess. Jess and Sandra look at many options to find the right plan to match each client’s needs.
Indiana Farm Bureau Offers New Medicare Supplement Plans Benefit
Indiana Farm Bureau has joined with Members Health Insurance Company to offer Medicare supplement plans to IFB members. MHI is an affiliate of the health organization that serves members of the Tennessee Farm Bureau, the largest Farm Bureau in the nation.
Saving The Most On Medicare
The original Medicare has two key basic parts; Part A and Part B. The part A component of the Medicare was established with the initial Medicare package. It’s an insurance financed by the government, and it offers coverage associated with health services at home, nursing home facilities, hospice, hospital stays categorized under inpatient, and Non-medical Health care facilities with religious attachment. If you pay medical taxes during the course of your work, there are no premiums for Medicare part A. If your spouse paid for these taxes, there are also no premiums. You can get Part A Medicare if you are over 65 years old and meet some citizenship requirements. Part B Medicare assists in the payment of outpatient hospital care, doctors’ visits, and some medical services not covered by part A. These include the services of occupational and physical therapists, and other related home health care.
Eye Opening Report on Hospital and Physician Medicare Fraud
According to the Center’s report, doctors and other healthcare providers have, over the last decade, steadily billed higher rates for treating elderly patients and thereby increasing their fees by more than $11 billion. While there was little evidence indicating that Medicare patients were sicker than in prior years, or that the healthcare providers were rendering more care, analysis of claims from 2001 through 2010 indicated that the health care providers were using more lucrative billing codes. The process of billing for more expensive services than were actually provided is called “upcoding.”