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Medicare Weighs Opening Website To Include Consumers’ Comments On Doctors

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Medical groups oppose the move because it could unfairly damage a doctor’s reputation. In other Medicare news, beneficiaries are warned about protecting the new cards coming out next year, and federal officials relax some rules for people in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

HHS Watchdog Says Medicare Saved $1B Through Program That Coordinates Care

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Accountable care organizations, created by the federal health law, are groups of doctors, hospitals and other health providers that coordinate care to reduce unnecessary federal spending and get to claim a portion of that savings. The report by the inspector general’s office also found that the majority of the 428 ACOs in the shared-savings program improved the quality of care they provided. In other Medicare news, an advisory panel says there is little evidence that weight-loss surgeries work.

Medicare Moves To Help Doctors Know Which Patients Are Assigned To ACOs

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Doctors have complained about the current process under which patients are primarily assigned retroactively to accountable care organizations. That process will change next year. Also, some doctors are saying they may be left out of the transition to value-based care by new Medicare requirements.