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Davies, M. (2014, Winter). Finding economies of scale and coordination of care along the continuum to achieve true system integration. Healthcare Management Forum, 27(4), 158-160.

Shortell, S., Wu, F., Lewis, V., Colla, C., and Fisher, E.  (2014, Dec.).    Health Services Research.  A Taxonomy of accountable care organizations for policy and practice.  Retrieved from:

Evans, M. (2014, Dec. 8). Riskless ACOs may invite abuse. Modern Healthcare, 44(49), 10. 

Casalino, L.P. (2014, Dec.). Categorizing accountable care organizations: moving toward patient-centered outcomes research that compares health care delivery systems. HSR: Health Services Research, 49(6), 1875-1882. 

Cusack-McGuirk, J., Deyo-Allers, M., and Kelley, M.V. (2014, Dec.) The development of a care transition model. Nurse Leader, 12(6), 33-40. 

Dye, C. (2014, Dec.). Achieving true alignment with physicians. HFM. Healthcare Financial Management. 68(12), 56-58. 

Larkin, H. (2014, Dec.). Lessons learned on the road to population health. H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks;88(12), 30-35. 

Shortell, S.M., Wu, F.M., Lewis, V.A., Colla, C.H., and Fisher, Elliott. (2014, Dec.). A taxonomy of accountable care organizations for policy and practice. HSR: Health Services Research, 49(6), 1883-1899.

Zallman, L., Bearse, A., Neal, N., Lukas, C.V., and Hacker, K. (2014, Dec.). Strategies for aligning physicians to system redesign goals at eight safety-net systems. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 40(12), 541-549.

Morrissey, J. (2014, Nov.-Dec.). Success factors and barriers on the journey to clinically integrated networks. Trustee, 67(10), 8-12.

Evans, M. (2014, Nov. 17). Pioneer ACOs can recruit seniors under new CMS test. Modern Healthcare, 44(46), 21.

Cohen, G.  (2014, Nov. 13).  High quality, affordable care:  Making the case for smarter networks.  Health Affairs.  Retrived from:

Butcher, L. (2014, Nov.). Case studies in clinical transformation. HFM. Healthcare Financial Management, 68(11), 72-76, 78. 

Fink, J. (2014, Nov.). Aligning with physicians to regionalize services. HFM. Healthcare Financial Management, 68(11), 80-86. 

Fiscal fitness: the role of physician engagement. (2014, Nov.). H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks, 88(11), 52-61. 

Hajewski, C.J., Shirey, M.R. (2014, Nov.). Care coordination: a model for the acute care hospital setting. JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(11), 577-585. 

Sandberg, S.F., Erickson, C., Owen, R., Vickery, K.D., Shimotsu, S.T., Linzer, M., Garrett, N.A. … DeCubellis, J. (2014, Nov.). Hennepin Health: a safety-net accountable care organization for the expanded Medicaid population. Health Affairs, 33(11), 1975-1984. 

Stempniak, M. (2014, Nov.). What high-powered, physician-led ACOs can teach hospitals. H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks, 88(11), 39-40, 49.

Betbeze, P.  (2014, Oct. 17).  What physician alignment means depends on who you ask.  HealthLeaders Media.  Retrieved from:

Fact sheets:  Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Investment Model Fact Sheet.  (2014, Oct.15).  Baltimore, MD:  Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Ellison, A.  (2014, Oct. 15).  What causes a merger to be challenged by the FTC?  Becker's Hospital Review.  Retrieved from:

Berenson, R.  (2014, Oct.).  Is Bigger Better?  Princeton, NJ:  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Retrieved from:

Medical homes haven’t proven themselves yet: a conversation with Mark W. Friedberg, MD. (2014, Oct.). Managed Care, 23(10), 28-31. 

Wehrwein, P. (2014, Oct.). Pioneer ACOs: some unhitch wagons while others roll over rocky terrain. Managed Care, 23(10), 43-44.

Edwards, S.T., Bitton, A., Hong, J., and Landon, B.E. (2014, Oct.). Patient-centered medical home initiatives expanded in 2009-13: Providers, patients, and payment incentives increased. Health Affairs, 33(10), 1823-1831. 

Lewis, V.A., Colla, C.H., Tierney, K., Van Citters, A.D., Fisher, E.S., and Meara, E. (2014, Oct.). Few ACOs pursue innovative models that integrate care for mental illness and substance abuse with primary care. Health Affairs, 33(10), 1808-1816. 

Shortell, S.M., McClellan, S.R., Ramsay, P.P., Casalino, L.P., Ryan, A.M., and Copeland, K.R. (2014, Oct.). Physician participation in accountable care organizations: The emergency of the unicorn. Health Services Research, 49(5), 1519-1536. 

Unique program aims to connect frequent ED utilizers with medical homes, resources to meet complex needs. (2014, Oct.). ED Management, 26(10), 117-119. 

Lewis, V., Colla, C., Tierney, K., Citters, A., Fisher, E., Meara, E.  (2014, Oct.).  Few ACOs pursue innovative models that Integrate Care for Mental Illness and Substance Abuse with Primary Care.  Health Affairs.  33(10):1808-1816.

(2014, Oct.).  Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiatives Expanded in 2009-13:  Providers, Patients, and Payment Incentives Increased.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund.  Retrieved from:

(2014, Oct. 14).  How-to guide: accountable care organizations [for employers].  Catalyst for Payment Reform; Pacific Business Group on Health.  Retrieved from:

Bird, J.  (2014, Oct. 9).  The financial highs and lows of pioneer ACOs.  FierceHealthcare.  Retrieved from:

Lewis, V.A., and others. (2014, Oct.) Few ACOs pursue innovative models that integrate care for mental illness and substance abuse with primary care. Health Affairs, 33(10), 1808-1816. 

Kocher, B., and Mostashari, F.  (2014, September 23).  A health care success story.  New York Times.  Retrieved from

Evans, M.  (2014, September 22).  Medicare gives first glimpse of ACO quality performance.  Modern Healthcare.  Retrieved from,d.cWc&cad=rja

Evans, M. (2014, Sept. 22). Medicare ACOs garner bonuses and penalties. Modern Healthcare, 44(38), 14.

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Evans, M.  (2014, September 16).  Medicare ACOs improve quality, have mixed results on slowing spending, CMS says.  Modern Healthcare,d.cWc&cad=rja

(2014, September 16).  Medicare ACOs continue to succeed in improving care, lowering cost growth.  CMS.gov

Advancing Primary Care Delivery.  (2014, Sept.).  Minnetonka, MN:  UnitedHealth Center.  Retrieved from:

Kelley, T. (2014, Sept.), Population care coordinators a key to improved care at lower cost? Managed Care, 23(9), 46-48, 50. 

Will we ever achieve the ‘holographic organization’? A conversation with Stephen M. Shortell. (2014, Sept.). Managed Care, 23(9), 42-45. 

Zeis, M. (2014, Sept.). Seeking alignment. HealthLeaders,17(7), 22-26.

Betbeze, P. (2014, Sept.). Better as partners. HealthLeaders,17(7), 30, 32-33, 35-36. 

Christianson, J.B., Carlin, C.S., and Warrick, L.H. (2014, Sept.). The dynamics of community health care consolidation: Acquisition of physician practices. The Milbank Quarterly, 92(3), 542-567. 

Perez, K. (2014, Sept.). ACOs and the quest to reduce costs. Healthcare Financial Management, 68(9), 118-122.

McClellan, M., Kent, J., Beales, S., Cohen, S., Macdonnell, M., Thoumi, A., Abdulmalik, M., and ...Darzi, A.  (2014, Sept.).  Accountable care around the world:  A framework to guide reform strategies.  Health Affairs.  33(9):1507-1515.  Retrieved from:

Tu ,T., and others. (2014, September).  The right care for the right cost: post-acute care and the triple aim. MHA ACO Network; Leavitt Partners.  Retrieved from

Berkowitz, S.A., and Pahira, J.J. (2014, September). Accountable care organization readiness and academic medical centers. Academic Medicine. 89(9), 1210-1215.

McClellan, M., Kent, J., and others. (2014, September). Accountable care around the world: a framework to guide reform strategies. Health Affairs. 33(9), 1507-1515. 

Emanuel, E., Spiro, T., Calsyn, M., Price, C., Altman, S., Armstrong, S., Colmers, J., and ...Curtler, D.  (2014, Sept.).  Accountable Care States.  Washington:  Center for American Progress.

Barr, S.M., and Mattioli, M.L. (2014, Quarter 3). Accountable care and integration: a challenge for credentialing and risk management.  Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. 34(1),28-36.

Gilfillan, R.  Dispersing the population health dividend.  H&HN Daily.  Aug. 27, 2014.

Robeznieks, A.  Reform update:  Medical-home adoption growing; evidence of effectiveness still elusive.  Modern Healthcare.  Aug. 18, 2014.,d.aWw

Pear, R. Medicare to start paying doctors who coordinate needs of chronically ill patients.  The New York Times.  Aug. 16, 2014.

Accountable Care Organizations: Findings from the Survey of Care Systems and Payment.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association, Aug. 14, 2014.

Full potential of Medicare kidney-care ACOs ‘won’t be realized.’ (2014, August 11). Modern Healthcare. 44(32), 29. 

Kotzbauer, G., and Weeks, W.B. (2014, August). A road map to success for ACOs.  Healthcare Financial Management. 68(8), 94-96.

Werner, R.M., Canamucio, A., and others. (2014, August). The medical home transformation in the Veterans Health Administration: an evaluation of early changes in primary care delivery. Health Services Research. 49(4),1329-1347.

Anderson, J.  FTC official lists problematic antitrust areas in ACO formation.  5(8):Aug. 2014.

Barr, S., and Mattioli, M. Accountable care and integration: A challenge for credentialing and risk management. Journal of Healthcare Risk Management.  34(1): 28-36, Aug. 2014.

Davis, S.  Independence's ACO program helps decrease costs in key region.  13(8):Aug. 2014.

Ridgely, M., and others. Bundled Payment Fails To Gain A Foothold In California: The Experience Of   The IHA Bundled Payment Demonstration.  Health Affairs.  33:1345-1352, Aug 2014. 

Torres, T., and Loehrer, S.  ACOs: A Step in the Right Direction. Healthcare Executive.  29(4):62-65, July/Aug. 2014. [free registration required to view]

Larkin, H.  ACO or no: how to decide.  Trustee;67(7):15-16, 21-23, July-Aug. 2014.

Sullivan, K.  Physician practice:  4 things to consider before hospital integration.  FierceHealthcare.  July 30, 2014.

Hasselt, M., and others.  Total cost of care lower among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Receiving Care from Patient-Centered Medical Homes.  Health Services Research.  July 30, 2014.

Hall, S.  Study backs importance of robust analytics infrastructure for ACOs.  FierceHealthIT.  July 22, 2014.

CHI seeks integration in all directions, including insurance.  Modern Healthcare.  44(28):42-43, July 14, 2014. 

Larkin, H.  ACO or no:  How to decide.  Trustee.  July 14, 2014.

Dranove, D.  In ACO era, physicians will still play a leading—but changing—role.  Modern Healthcare.  44(28):39, July 14, 2014. 

Evans, M.  Data collection could stump next phase of predictive analytics.  Modern Healthcare.  44(28):S1-S5, July 14, 2014.

Ranking of respondent ACOs by covered lives.  Modern Healthcare.  44(28):S2, July 14, 2014.

Stempniak, M.  Volume to Value Revolution.  H&HN.   July 8, 2014.

Delbanco, S.  The payment reform landscape:  Bundled payment.  Health Affairs.  July 2, 2014.

Dadlez, C.  Population health management: the intersection of concept and reality.  Frontiers of Health Services Management.  30(4):34-40, Summer 2014. 

Gardner, J.R.  Population health management and the journey to medical home certification in a rural community.  Frontiers of Health Services Management.  30(4):41-46, Summer 2014. 

Holder, D.P.  The (fairly straightforward) business case for health.  Frontiers of Health Services Management.  30(4):47-55, Summer 2014. 

Kindig, D.A., and Isham, G.  Population health improvement: a community health business model that engages partners in all sectors; and, Response from feature authors.  Frontiers of Health Services Management.  30(4):3-20, and 56-67, Summer 2014. 

Zenty, T.F., Bieber, E.J., and Hammack, E.R.  University hospitals: creating the infrastructure for quality and value through accountable care.  Frontiers of Health Services Management.  30(4):21-33, Summer 2014.

Eliasoph, H. Integration: are we there yet? (2014, Summer). Healthcare Management Forum, 27(2), 65-68.

Klein, S. Profile: Heartland Regional Medical Center ACO.  New York:  Quality Matters [Commonwealth Fund], June 27, 2014. 

Hostetter, M. Profile: Rio Grande Valley ACO Health Providers.  New York:  Quality Matters [Commonwealth Fund], June 27, 2014.

Champion, W. Q&A: Helping ACOs Navigate the Medicare Shared Savings Program.  New York:  Quality Matters [Commonwealth Fund], June 27, 2014.

Hacker, K., Mechanic, R., and Santos, P.  Accountable Care in the Safety Net:  A Case Study of the Cambridge Health Alliance.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, June 25, 2014.

Nucci, C.  Payment reform depends on HIT.  HealthLeaders Media.  June 24, 2014.

Houston, R., and McGinnis, T.  Aligning Approaches to Accountable Care Across Medicare and Medicaid.  June 18, 2014.

Cheney, C.  Pioneer ACO program ripe for improvement, providers say.  HealthLeaders Media, June 5, 2014.

Dupree, J.M., Patel, K., Singer, S.J., West, M., Wang, R., Zinner, M.J., and Weissman, J.S. (2014, June). Attention to surgeons and surgical care is largely missing from early Medicare accountable care organizations. Health Affairs, 33(6):972-979. 

Hebert, P.L., Liu, C.F., Wong, E.S., Hernandez, S.E., Batten, A., Lo, S., … Fihn, S.D. (2014, June). Patient-centered medical home initiative produced modest economic results for Veterans Health Administration, 2010-12. Health Affairs, 33(6):980-987.

Colla, C., and others. First National Survey Of ACOs Finds That Physicians Are Playing Strong Leadership And Ownership Roles.  Health Affairs.  33:964-971, June 2014.

Dupree, J., and others.  Attention to Surgeons and Surgical Care Is Largely Missing from Early Medicare Accountable Care Organizations.  Health Affairs.  33(6):972–79, June 2014. 

Anderson, J., editor.  Aetna readies plan to offer ACO products via private exchanges.  AISHealth.  Vol. 5 and Issue 6.  June 2014.

Colla, C.H., Lewis, V.A., Shortell, S.M., and Fisher, E.S. (2014, June). First national survey of ACOs finds that physicians are playing strong leadership and ownership roles. Health Affairs, 33(6):964-971. 

Berberian, L.  Value’s core components: the five critical parts of accountable care also are the toughest to manage.  Trustee.  67(6):28-30, June 2014. 

Jumping off the readmissions carousel.  Provider.  40(6):23, 26, 28, 30-32, June 2014. 

Lee, T.H., and Cosgrove, T.  Engaging doctors in the health care revolution.  Harvard Business Review.  92(6):105-111, June 2014.

Salas-Lopez, D., Weiss, S.J., and others.  Physician clinical alignment and integration: a community-academic approach.  Journal of Healthcare Management.  59(3):195-209, May/June 2014.

Petersen, M., and Muhlestein, D.  ACO results:  What we know so far.  Health Affairs Blog.  May 30, 2014.

Budryk, Z.  Hospital purchases of private practices drive up spending, prices.  FierceHealthcare. May 7, 2014.

Baker, L.C., Bundorf, M.K., and Dessler, D.P. (2014, May). Vertical integration: Hospital ownership of physician practices is associated with higher prices and spending. Health Affairs, 33(5), 756-763.

Vega, K.B.  5 ways to bring hospital and physician revenue cycles together.  Healthcare Financial Management.  68(5):32, May 2014.

Baker, L., Bundorf, M., and Kessler, D.  Vertical integration:  Hospital ownership of physician practices is associated with higher prices and spending.  Health Affairs.  33(5):756-763, May 2014.

Steinberg, T., and Anderson, S.  Effective population health management.  H&HN Daily.  Apr. 24, 2014.

Crosson, F., and Combes, We'll need a bigger boat: Reimagining the hospital-physician partnership.  Health Affairs.  Apr. 17, 2014.

Melnick, G., and Green, L.  Four years into a commercial ACO for calPERS:  Substantial savings and lessons learned.  Health Affairs Blog.  Apr. 17, 2014.

Gold, J.  FAQ on ACOs:  Accountable care organizations, explained.  Kaiser Health News.  Apr. 16, 2014.

Miller, J., and Gordon, S. The Role of Integrated Service Delivery Models in Addressing the Needs of Adults and Children with Behavioral Health Conditions. National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Apr. 2014. 

(2014, Apr.).  Medicare Shared Savings Program and Rural Providers.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services.  Retrieved from:

Survey shows growing approval and acceptance of integrated, employed physicians. Physician Executive, Mar./Apr. 2014.

Johnson, C. (2014, March-April). Survey shows growing approval and acceptance of integrated, employed physicians. PEJ. Physician Executive. 40(2),8-12. 

Kralewski, J., Dowd, B., and others. (2014, March-April). Do integrated health care systems provide lower-cost, higher-quality care? PEJ. Physician Executive. 40(2),14-18.

Shortell, S.  (March 26, 2014).  The State of Accountable Care Organizatons.  Rockville, MD:  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Goedert, J.  NCQA sets new, higher standards for medical homes. Health Data Management.  Mar. 25, 2014.

Shortell, S., and others.  Physician practice participation in accountable care organizations: The emergence of the unicorn.  Health Services Research.  Mar. 14, 2014.

Robeznieks, A.  NCQA previews new medical home standards.  Modern Healthcare.  Mar. 10, 2014.,d.aWc&cad=rja

Pittman, D.  Med PAC Iffy on Patient-Centered Medical Homes, MedPage, Mar. 8, 2014.

Betbeze, P.  4 reasons PCMH principles aren't going away.  HealthLeaders Media. Mar. 7, 2014.

Damberg, C., and others. Measuring Success in Health Care Value-Based Purchasing Programs: Findings from an Environmental Scan, Literature Review, and Expert Panel Discussions.  RAND Health, Mar. 4, 2014. 

Molpus, J.  Fundamentals of care coordination.  HealthLeaders.  17(2):54, 56-57, Mar. 2014.

Value of Provider Integration.  TrendWatch.  Chicago:  American Hospital Assoicaiton, Mar. 2014.

The Future of Patient-Centered Medical Homes.  Foundation for a Better Health Care System.  Washington:  National Committee for Quality Assurance, Mar. 2014. .

Trinh, H.Q., Begun, J.W., and Luke, R.D.  Service duplication within urban hospital clusters.  Health Care Management Review;39(1):41-49, Jan.-Mar. 2014.

Clark, C.  PCMH pilot not associated with cost reductions, study shows. HealthLeaders Media.  Feb. 27, 2014.

DuPont, S. What’s in an ACO? Elliott Fisher Introduces Research on Emerging ACO Models [Video].  Menlo Park, CA:  Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy, Feb. 27, 2014.

Friedberg, M., and others.  Association between paticipation in a multipayer medical home intervention and changes in quality, utilization, and costs of care.  Journal of the American Medical Association.  311(8):815-825, Feb. 26, 2014.

Abrams, M.  Medical Homes:  An Evolving Model of Primary Care.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, Feb. 25, 2014.

Singhal, S.  Payors in care delivery:  When does vertical integration make sense?  Health Affairs.  Feb. 5, 2014.

Integrating Behavioral Health Across the Continuum of Care.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association, Feb. 2014.

Ormond, B., and others.  Health Homes In Medicaid:  The Promise and the Challenge.  Washington:  Urban Institute, Feb. 2014.

Palazzo, J.M.  Everything changes: successful integration of any type requires leadership, transparency.  MGMA Connection;14(2):39-40, Feb. 2014.

Molpus, J.  Fundamentals of care coordination.  HealthLeaders;17(1):72, 74-75, Jan.-Feb. 2014.

Block, D.J.  Revisiting the Triple Aim: are we any closer to integrated health care?  PEJ. Physician Executive;40(1):40-43, Jan.-Feb. 2014. 

Savoy, M.  Navigating conflict while constructing your patient-centered medical home.  PEJ. Physician Executive;40(1):28-32, Jan.-Feb. 2014. 

Fisher, E., Schpero, W., and Corrigan, J.  Measuring What Matters for ACOs.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, Jan. 31, 2014.

Gans, D.  A comparison of the national patient-centered medical home accreditation and recognition programs. Medical Group Management Association, Jan. 30, 2014. [free registration required] 

Evans, M.  Breaking:  Many Medicare ACOs slow spending-but few earn bonuses.  Modern Healthcare.  Jan. 30, 2014.

Kutscher, B.  Nine rural providers test out ACO initiative.  Modern Healthcare.  Jan. 28, 2014.

Learner, N. editor.  Plan-sponsored ACOs are suited to narrow networks on exchanges, expected to boom.  AISHealth.  Jan. 27, 2014.

MacDonald, I.  Judge:  St. Luke's purchase of physician group violates antitrust law.  FierceHealthcare.  Jan. 27, 2014.

National Association of ACOs.  National ACO Survey, Jan. 21, 2014.   

Betbeze, P.  Why half of all healthcare CEOs don't want to be in an ACO.  HealthLeaders Media.  Jan. 20, 2014.

Epstein, A.M., Jha, A.K., and others.  Analysis of early accountable care organizations defines patient, structural, cost, and quality-of-care characteristics.  Health Affairs.  33(1):95-102, Jan. 2014.

Somers, S., and McGinnis, T. (2014, Jan.).  Introducing Totally Accountable Care Organizations (TACO).  Hamilton, NJ:  CHCS Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.  Retrieved from:

New Models of Care: Proceedings from the AMA/AHA Joint Leadership Conference, 2014.

Alper, J.  Population Health Implications of the Affordable Care Act:  Workshop Summary (2014).  Washington:  The National Academies Press, 2014.

Building a Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future.  Chicago:  American Hospital Association, 2014.

Uwe Reinhardt Questions Bundled Payment Savings Prospects.  Washington:  Alliance for Health Reform, 2014.  (video)

Institute of Medicine. Financing Population Health Improvement: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2014.

(2014).  The Field Guide.  Washington:  Advisory Board.  Retrieved from:


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