AHIP Back in the ‘huddle’ and Reminiscent of the ‘GHAA Revolution’?

By Gregg A Masters, MPH It’s been a very long time since I participated in an AHIP event. In fact for the record I have NEVER been to an AHIP event – that is before this week in DC. I attended, filmed, tweeted, broadcasted from, and now blog about AHIP’s ‘Medicare, Medicaid and Dual Eligible …

A Juxtaposition of DC Irony

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH It’s Monday in DC and the Capitol is distinctly vibrant albeit with a peculiar though eclectic mix of create vs.  deconstruct energies. Some might say this attitudinal ‘chemical cocktail’ is in part sourced from a mix of ‘doers’, but also a smidge if not even a heaping portion of the just …

ACO’s as Sinkhole Medicine? Nah…

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As the battle for the accountable care narrative grinds on both in the media and the respective P&Ls of participant ACOs, a recent article in Healthcare Finance News titled: Accountable care organizations: cost-effective solutions or financial sinkholes? is noteworthy.  At first I chuckled, then thought, more headline ‘eye porn’ or is …

An ACO ‘Shell Game?’ Of Arrows, Pioneers & Patsies’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In ‘Pioneers Take Arrows While Settlers’ Get the Land’ I reported in a ‘just the facts ma’am’ fashion the developing narrative as proferred by Modern Healthcare, CMS, and the AMGA as to whether this was to be seen as good news or bad news. Recently the witty industry veteran and …

Leavitt Partners on ACO Growth and Dispersion: An Update

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per Leavitt Partners: A ‘Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update.’ The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases new white paper entitled “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update”Growth and Dispersion of ACOs August 2013. Salt Lake City, August 15, 2013 — …

The ACO Innovation Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the few ACO gatherings I’ve missed since the birth of the industry (and there have been quite a few since there are ‘experts’ everywhere), but the line-up NEHI put together is well worth a look. Both Steven Shortell and Molly Coye are definitely change agents on the front …

Accountable Care, ACOs and the ‘New OS’: An Emerging Zeitgeist?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH …or might the movement just be the very oxygen essential to achieve the triple aim? We’ll get one man’s take on the Wednesday July 24th 2013 broadcast at 12 noon Pacific/3PM Eastern when my special guest is thought leader, deep thinker and advocate for patient centric healthcare Leonard Kish, aka …

The ACO Narrative: ‘Accountable Care 2.0 is a Journey, Not a Program’ or ‘ObamaCare is Toast’?

Earlier today we spoke with Dr Jerry Penso, Chief Medical and Quality Officer for the American Medical Group Management Association (AMGA), and Jim Hansen, Vice President at the Accountable Delivery Systems Institute (ADSI) a unit of Lumeris. To listen to the broadcast click on the ‘This Week in Accountable Care’ graphic below: The context for …

‘Pioneers Take Arrows While Settlers’ Get the Land?’

At the ACO Summit in Washington DC in June 2012 Elliott Fisher, MD arguably one of the admitted father’s of the ACO movement opined perhaps prophetically from a panel including Mark McClellan, MD and former Health Affairs Editor, now RWJF Senior Health Policy Advisor Susan Dentzer the above wisdom. Today, CMS via the Center for Medicare …

4th National ACO Summit: Some Contextual Reflection

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH When ‘Acting Administrator’ of CMS Don Berwick gleefully announced the final rule guiding the development and Federal certification of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on October 20th, 2011, he thereby officially unleashed the power of the largest single payer for healthcare services in the United States to simultaneously govern while informing …