CMS ramped up risk-sharing for accountable care organizations (ACO) in a final rule published December 31, 2018. The final rule makes changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program and will reduce the amount of time ACOs can stay in one-sided risk models.
A recent population health study found that socioeconomic conditions affect leading cause of death on a county level. While national trends show that cancer will soon replace heart disease as the leading cause of death nationwide, researchers found that heart disease is still more likely to be the leading cause of death in lower-income counties.
In December, HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released a request for information seeking input from the public in order to identify provisions of HIPAA that may impede value-based care or limit care coordination among individuals and covered entities, and which do not meaningfully contribute to protecting the privacy and security of protected health information.