Published on July 21, 2012 at 5:27 AM
California Watch: New Health Care Groups Look To Cut Costs And Improve Quality
Across the country, doctors, hospitals and insurers are forming new health care entities to increase the efficiency and quality of health care, and lower the cost of it. Called accountable care organizations, these groups are gaining ground, even though critics consider them a repackaging of HMOs – some of which have given managed care a bad name. An ACO is a group of health care providers such as doctors, hospitals and others, including insurance companies, who agree to work together to provide overall care to their patients (Graebner, 7/20).
The Hill: HHS: Health Law Project Will Cut State Costs In Major Programs
The federal Health secretary said a new project under the Affordable Care Act will improve care and cut spending in three major federal health programs. The initiatives will reward states for working with healthcare stakeholders to better coordinate care and cut "unnecessary spending" in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according to the announcement. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the effort will lead to better practices in the three programs, referring to her time as governor of Kansas. "As a former governor," she said, "I've seen states in action and know what great laboratories they are for innovations we can put into practice nationwide" (Viebeck, 7/19).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.