This blog follows Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and their derivative ‘accountable care collaborations’, tracking their incidence and prevalence, to coin an epidemiology metaphor, while educating and informing both consumers and professionals.

Given their expected rapid and perhaps viral growth leading up to the January 1, 2012 go live date this could get interesting. So, ‘ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.’

‘ACO Watch’ is published by healthcare insider and activist e-patient advocate Gregg Masters, MPH, who also blogs at digitalhealth.domainsPrecision Medicine Center, HealthInnovationMedia.com, as well as micro-blogs, ie, ‘tweets‘ under the same name @2healthguru and @ACOwatch.


Gregg is a co-founder, and chief executive of Health Innovation Media curators of: ACOWatch.com, JustOncology.comIllustratorsJournal.com, including Internet Radio broadcasts: ‘This Week in Health InnovationPopHealth Week andThis Week in Accountable Care on the BlogTalk Radio Network.

Gregg has served in multiple senior management strategist positions for both flagship and development stage healthcare ventures, including Managing Partner for a mobile neuro-diagnostics services company, as President & CEO and a regional hospital alliance in Orange County, California, Vice President for the largest hospital and physician provider sponsored health network in north Texas, Senior Associate Hospital Director for a major academic medical center, principal organizer of a multi-specialty academic medical group, Regional Director for Managed Care of a major proprietary hospital corporation in California, and founding member of the Preferred Health Network, the original provider sponsored PPO in California.

He also served as a founding member of the following organizations: the Southern California Healthcare Services Contracting Round table the Patient Care Assessment Council (a fore-runner to the NCQA), and the Catholic IPA Association, and a certified medical audit reviewer by the California Medical Association.

He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, at Los Angeles, School of Public Health, and a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

A father of two sons, Gregg spends his off hours on a surfboard up and down the beaches in San Diego county.

On a personal note:

I’m a “battle tested” and seasoned managed health care industry veteran who’s quite passionate about achieving a sustainable healthcare ecosystem. Our costly, siloe-ed sick care confederation is broken and arguably in need of a completely new paradigm. I have spent close to 30 years in the industry from hospital to health plan, medical group to physician network and initiator of hospital physician joint ventures.

Our industry has shown “whack a mole” resiliency when it comes to wave after wave of alphabet soup initiatives designed to control costs, manage care or rationally allocate institutional health care resources in specific communities or “markets”. Most have failed and in some case, quite spectacularly.

However, I am very intrigued by the potential of social media, and specifically Twitter to penetrate the here-to-for unresponsive bureaucracies, and flatten our “cathedrals of medicine” in such a way that the patient comes first in the health care exchange relationship.

I intend to post, participate and engage others in the conversation while I learn and share insights that hold promise for this transformational opportunity.


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  1. Hi Gregg,

    I absolutely love your site! It has the best information about accountable care.

    This blog really rocks!

    I would like to submit a guest post for your site and I think that these topics will go really well with the rest of your blog:

    1.Defining Accountable Care and How It Helps Patients
    2.Top Reasons To Pursue A Career in Healthcare Management

    What do you think about these?

    For your information, all of our articles are custom written by our writers for your blog, and are absolutely free.

    If you are interested, I am happy to get something written up and sent over to you – or if you have another topic you’d like to see covered, please do let me know.

    Thanks and I look forward working with you.


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  2. Dear Dr. Masters,

    I really liked your blog post about lessons NOT learned from Managed Healthcare v1.0 and beyond. This information was very helpful to me, and I’m sure has been very beneficial to many others as well.

    I just wanted to let you know about a new Spanish certification registry for nurses located at https://www.scron.org. On the website, there is an online Spanish course for nurses and a Spanish certification exam.

    I thought you might be interested in blogging about it.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Best regards,


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