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Despite growth, uptake of downside risk in ACO contracts remains low

American Journal of Managed Care, July 9, 2019
In 2018, 33% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) assumed downside risk, up from 28% in 2012. While the number of accountable care organization (ACO) contracts with downside risk is growing, the majority of ACOs remain in upside-only risk contracts, according to a new study. In 2012, 28% of accountable care organizations (ACOs) had a contract with downside risk. That rate increased modestly to 33% in 2018. Read more »

Health-care stocks fall ahead of court arguments over constitutionality of Obamacare

CNBC, July 9, 2019
Health-care stocks fell Tuesday ahead of a legal showdown between the Trump administration, a group of Republican-led states and more than a dozen Democratic state attorneys generals over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Read more »

Congress has ambitious agenda tackling health care costs

ABC News, July 7, 2019
Lawmakers are trying to set aside their irreconcilable differences over the Obama-era Affordable Care Act and work to reach bipartisan agreement on a more immediate health care issue, lowering costs for people who already have coverage. Read more »

Mass. health organizations provided $801M in public benefits in 2018

Worcester Business Journal, July 3, 2019
Massachusetts hospitals and health plans contribute hundreds of millions of dollars worth of benefits to residents, and Attorney General Maura Healey’s Office is helping those entities get the word out about the good they do. Read more »