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What to Know About ACOs: The Latest on MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations

Check out our Health Law & Policy team’s brief updating information on the MassHealth Accountable Care Organization program as it enters its second year. Released by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the primer explores enhancements including the expanded Community Partners Program and the new Flexible Services Program. Learn more on our website about the way nearly 900,000  residents of The Commonwealth are receiving health care services

What to Know About ACOs: An Introduction to MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations

This brief, compiled by experts from our Health Law & Policy team, goes over the basics of MassHealth's introduction of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). It includes a brief introduction of what an ACO is, the three distinct types of ACOs, who they serve, the services they provide and how they can improve care and contain costs.

The MassHealth Waiver 2016–2022: Delivering Reform

This issue brief describes the key elements of the most recent MassHealth 1115 waiver extension, including the shift to a delivery system centered on Accountable Care Organizations and Community Partners, a Delivery System Reform Incentive Program, the redesigned Safety Net Care Pool, and the expansion of services for treatment of substance use disorders. It concludes with a discussion of implications of the new system for major stakeholder groups.

Coordinating Care for Patients with Alcohol or Drug Use Disorders: Effective Practices and Common Barriers in Three Centers

This report describes the process of providing integrated care for patients with substance use disorders at three sites in central Massachusetts: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Family Health Center of Worcester, and Community Healthlink. It identifies common practices that improve care coordination and presents key findings.