Payment Reform and ACOs

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  • Mass. Requires Risk-Bearing Provider Organizations to Register February 25, 2014

    Vital Signs March 2014 -- One of the contentious elements of Massachusetts’s payment reform law, Chapter 224 of 2012, was the creation of risk-bearing provider organization, or RBPO, registration requirements. The law requires RBPOs to register with the Division of Insurance, with the Center for...

  • Health Care Price Information Forms January 22, 2014

    Patient information forms to help physicians fulfill their obligations under the new price transparency law.

  • Clinical Integration: A Physician's Guide January 10, 2014

    This guide for physicians provides background and insight into the opportunities and challenges of clinical integration where there is no direct economic integration between health care entities, but which deliver care on an integrated basis (with or without hospital participation) for purposes of...

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Massachusetts Legislation

The state legislature has passed legislation to promote the development of alternative health care provider payment systems in Massachusetts and control the rising cost of health care.


Federal Regulations

In October 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final rules on the formation and operation of Medicare accountable care organizations.


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2013-14 MMS Legislation

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