HiMSS 2013 Accountable Care Organization RoundUp: Monday March 3rd

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH

Himss 13 LFTF Masthead

We’re only 8 days out from the HiMSS bash in the ‘big easy’ aka ‘NOLA’. We’ve been so engaged in planning the Health Innovation Broadcast Consortium aka @HIBCtv coverage it’s been a challenge to stay on top and share the more worthwhile developments in the ACO space.

So lets detail some of the events that have caught my eye and we’re likely to cover in some fashion. First up and from the ‘specialty program’ department from the Delivering on Value – The Handshake Between Cost & Quality  I’m intrigued by the following trilogy as all address fundamental issues in standing up a viable ACO:

The ‘ACO Encounter: Physician-Lead Perspective

Description: The fastest growth in accountable care organizations is in physician-led ACOs. Gain insights from the experiences of knowledgeable physician-led accountable care initiatives who work with multiple small and medium size practices. **Each ACO Encounter presentation will be provided three times between 1:45 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to rotate though all three encounters during that time frame. Please refer to the attached PDF program for more details.

Speaker: Michael Griffis

Obtaining Quality through New Care Models: Challenge and Promise of ACOs

Description: Hear how to identify and better manage high-risk, high-cost patients, while exploring different care models, such as accountable care organizations, and incentive programs, such as value-based purchasing, to optimize patient care management.

Speaker: Blair Childs

ACO Encounter: Payer Perspective 

Description: Commercial health plans are partnering with providers to build successful accountable care collaborations with their expertise and analytic capabilities. Hear from leading health plans about innovations and strategies around reporting, care coordination, payment models, and analytic tools including risk identification and predictive modeling.

Speaker: Charles D. Kennedy, MD

Note: While much of the attention in ‘ACO-dom’ has rightfully centered around CMS certification of participating entities in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), and via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) the Pioneer and Advanced Payment model programs, there is a frenetic pace of activity in the commercial markets stoked in part by Aetna, Cigna, United et al, under the banner of ‘accountable care collaborations’ et sequelae. Dr. Kennedy is a principal architect of Aetna’s accountable care solutions group.

We spoke with in ever so briefly here, and look forward to spending some time with him up close and personal in NOLA.


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