Accountable Care Organization

Holding Their Own: Texas ACOs Contribute to Billions in Savings in Medicare Program - 11/01/2022

For the fifth straight year, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), through its work with accountable care organizations (ACOs), generated significant savings and high-quality results, with Texas entities once again contributing to that success.


What's New in Value-Based Care - 09/23/2022

Once dubbed unicorns, value-based care (VBC) models that eschew fee-for-service payment in favor of rewarding quality have materialized; the Texas Medical Association aims to be on the crest of this wave with the formation of its new Task Force on Alternative Payment Models.


Texas ACOs Contribute to $1.6 Billion in Savings in Medicare Shared Savings Program - 09/09/2022

For the fifth straight year, the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), through its work with accountable care organizations, generated significant savings and high-quality results, with Texas entities once again contributing to that success.


Medicare ACOs Face Key Changes in Proposed Fee Schedule - 08/10/2022

In an effort to boost participation in accountable care organizations, Medicare has significant changes to its shared savings program on tap in the proposed 2023 physician fee schedule.


Value-Based Care for All: Practices of All Sizes Can Make the Switch - 07/29/2022

Moving away from fee-for-service requires taking on risk as well as hiring staff, launching new programs, and investing in data analysis, but practices of all stripes have made the switch successfully.


Rewarding Results: Texas Medicare ACOs Perform Promisingly - 11/30/2020

For the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and many of the accountable care organizations (ACOs) that participated in it, 2019 was billed as a transition year. But data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in September show Texas ACOs fared quite well last year – and a number of Texas physicians and ACO officials say the savings generated are worth the gruntwork that MSSP requires.


Marriage Material: Independent Practices Find Success in Commitment to Accountable Care Organizations - 01/02/2019

TMA PracticeEdge joins together independent physician practices in accountable care organizations. Their commitment to pool resources and to improve patient care is paying off in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and other value-based care contracts.


This Month in Texas Medicine - 12/03/2018

The December edition of Texas Medicine looks at accountable care organizations in Texas. Plus, see what's new in the TMA Education Center.


The Edge of Success - 05/03/2018

Make it through the challenges of forming an accountable care organization (ACO) for just a couple of years, and the money your groups save can be spectacular — into the millions under the right circumstances.


ACOs, Texas-Style - 04/24/2018

Burdensome federal regulations and antitrust rules and hefty overhead costs are oft-cited stumbling blocks to physician involvement in accountable care organizations (ACOs). So perhaps it came as little surprise when the Texas Legislature, less than enamored with the federal health reform legislation that authorized the coordinated care models, came up with its own rendition. In 2011, state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 7, which created a Texas-style ACO, known as a health care collaborative, to encourage physicians, hospitals, and payers to collaborate on more coordinated, cost-effective health care delivery. Now that the Texas Department of Insurance has adopted rules laying out a path to licensure as a collaborative, Texas physicians have a more flexible option that overcomes many of the barriers preventing them from stepping into integrated care models.