Universal American: No Where to Be Found at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2015

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH   In preparing for my trip from San Diego to San Francisco to cover the 33rd Annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, see: ‘JPMorgan Healthcare Conference 2015: 33 Years Later We’re Still Searching…’ I’ve been speculating about the broader investment themes that many in the life sciences, biotech and pharma investment banking […]

Care Innovation Summit: A Very Sober Assessment!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This session is well worth the time invested. Two veteran healthcare wonks weigh in on the fundamentals of healthcare transformation and where we stand in the glide-path towards sustainability or fulfillment of the ‘triple aim’. Former CMS Administrator and healthcare attorney turned investor Tom Scully (Bush I Administration, see Wikipedia profile) […]

2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Integrated Delivery Systems

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Is the ‘old new again’? Some would say absolutely! However, there is a twist. May 7th and 8th 2014 the World Healthcare Congress (agenda here) convenes the 2nd in their leadership summit series on ‘integrated delivery systems’, alternately known as ‘IDN’s (integrated delivery networks) at the Hilton Resort on Mission […]

Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: A Brookings Merkin MedTalk Series

In the physician directed and emerging ‘accountable care’ space, few have the depth and range of experience, operating success, learning curves and business model diversity than the collective enterprises associated with the vision and tenacity of Richard Merkin, MD – physician, philanthropist and visionary. In fact, with Davita’s 2012 acquisition of Healthcare Partners into it’s publically […]

ACOs ‘In the News’

Gregg A. Masters, MPH As the drip, drip, drip of the reported collateral fallout – both perceived and actual – of the stalemated resolution of the Federal shutdown makes it way into the American psyche we’re also seeing reports from the front on the success, indifference or failure of the ‘ACO vision’ to successfully pivot […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]