Accountable Care Organizations / Providers

Promising Payment Reform: Risk-Sharing with Accountable Care Organizations

The Commonwealth Fund has issued this report which summarizes research on ACO shared risk payment models. Key findings from the research: Payer–provider shared-risk models are in an early developmental phase; there are few operational shared-risk models aside from the traditional capitated HMO model. There are varying definitions of shared risk, and shared-risk initiatives use a variety … Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations / Medical Home / Providers / Reform

Local Voices: Dr. Kevin Haughton

In the latest installment of Local Voices, Dr. Kevin Haughton, Director of the Providence St. Peter Family Medicine Residency Program, offers some perspectives about areas of the delivery system that health reform has potential to address–along with some areas where the law may overreach…and fall short. Click here for a transcript of the interview. Continue reading

Accountable Care Organizations / Medical Home / Providers / Reform

A call to action

In this video interview, Dr. David Lynch, Medical Director of Family Care Network in Whatcom County, provides highlights from his talk: “Some things you should know about health care reform law.” He talks about what the healthcare reform law does and does not address, and makes the case for organizing caregivers in the region into … Continue reading

Community Health Centers / Reform

HHS awards $727 million to nation’s community health centers

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently announced the award of over $700 million to community health centers (CHCs) nationwide, with the aim of bringing healthcare to 745,000 underserved patients as part of national reform. In Whatcom County, Interfaith Community Health Center was awarded $1,073,919. Other Washington CHCs receiving funding are: … Continue reading