4th National ACO Summit Day 2

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Day two for me started in Track 6: Engaging Patients in their Medical Care, titled ‘Patient Engagement in Healthcare Decision Making‘ breakout session moderated by Shannon Brownlee (@ShannonBrownlee), Senior Vice President, Lown Institute; Former Acting Director Health Policy Program, The New America Foundation; Author, Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making […]

Day 2 4th National ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Year four for the annual DC gathering of the best and brightest minds in the ACO space, convened yesterday in pre-conference sessions at the Hyatt Regency, DC. Day 2 kicks off with a keynote by Senator Ron Wyden @RonWyden, followed by a power packed tour de force of ACO operatives: […]

The 4th National ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Following two days of the Bundled Payment and Healthcare Innovation Summits, Wednesday June 11th kicks off the pre-conference sessions for the 4th National ACO Summit. The program is packed with health policy wonks, clinicians on the leading if not bleeding edge of the movement, as well as consultants, lawyers and […]

Busy Week in DC

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Last week it was xx in health, followed by the Health Datapalooza and winding down at Medcity News Engage: Unlocking Patient Engagement Through Innovation where I moderated the panel: ‘Patient Engagement in An ACO World‘: This week it’s back to back sessions beginning Monday, June 10th at the National Bundled […]

Back to the Future: Another Run for PPMC’s v2.0?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This is about as good a framing of the failed run during the 1990s when the physician practice management (PPMC) industry caught the attention of Wall Street and had a 10 year run before a literal collapse of what many considered a ponzi scheme at heart. Bottom line is Wall […]

The Window on the ACO Class of 2014 Is Closing Soon!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For those of you not glued to your Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or other business or brand ‘listening’ outposts and/or dashboards 24/7, let me paste a series of tweets posted by @ACOwatch earlier today extracting some key points made by Martie Ross of PYA Health on the risks of inaction relative to […]

Patient Engagement and ACOs: A Timely Union or Cute Ad Copy?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We previously (see: National ACO Patient Engagement Benchmarking Survey) brought attention to a national patient engagement bench-marking survey wherein @ACOwatch collaborated with Dave Chase, et al at Avado to field an instrument. While at ‘The ACO Must…’ Towards an Operational Definition of ‘Patient Engagement’ we addressed the indica of patient engagement as well as the statutory context of Section […]

Medicare Shared Savings Program: A Road Map

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the litany of ‘whitepapers’, client briefings and less than useful ‘look at me’ marketing pieces that have hit the web since passage of ACA, here is one that is worth the look. Principally authored by Martie Ross of PYA, the title is simply ‘Medicare ACO Roadmap’. Tomorrow on ‘this week […]

The 9 C’s of Accountable Care with Tom Doerr, MD

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Recently I came across a blog post titled ‘The Nine C’s of Successful Accountable Primary Care Delivery’ by Tom Doerr, MD. I had the additional opportunity to participate in a portion of The Collaborative Payer Model: 5 Lessons for Accountable Care webinar which Dr. Doerr led wherein he unbundled some […]

6 Reasons Your ACO Will Fail (A Series) – Any One Will Do!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH No. 1 – The ‘O, G & E’ Card At UC Berkeley in the 70s, the secretary in the Department of Psychology pasted a bumper sticker on her desk positing the humility laced question: ‘…you may be correct [in your storied judgment], but are you asking the right questions?’ For […]