From “Unicorns to Multicorns” ACOs Morphing Below Radar

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This is a continuing long tail series following the content rich and strategy insight generous experiences reported by the ‘risk savvy braintrust’ at the 3rd National ACO Congress aka the ‘walking the talk of innovation’ crowd. From sound-bytes to sensibilities? Via UC Berkeley Professor Steven Shortell, Ph.D., MPH, Professor, School …

The Anatomy of a Patient Centered Medical Home: the Physiology of an ACO?

By Margalit Gur-Arie Obamacare is here to stay, and with it a host of initiatives small and large, some intended and some not so much so, targeting massive transformation of the health care delivery system. One of those initiatives involves the adoption of the principles of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for primary care as formulated …

ACOs, ‘HMO lite’ or ‘DNA of the Transformation’?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I am regularly amused by some in the popular press as well as guerrilla social media theater (myself included in that bucket) by the continued doubt if not outright dismissal of ACOs as the central spine if not fulfillment DNA of ‘the new, new thing/imperative’, i.e., to manifest the ‘triple aim’ as the sustainable …

‘ObamaCare’ Lives: Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your ACO and HIE Engines

By David Harlow, Esq. Much has been written and said about the effect of the election on the implementation of federal health reform initiatives. The commentariat, including the blogerati and twitterati wings, have focused on the budget battles of the future to come from Capitol Hill, the flurry of regulations to come from HHS, and …

Smart Money, ACOs and Risk Savvy Medical Managers

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I’ve been pondering the ‘where is the ACO smart money’ question for a while as in its answer lies greater clarity than the current high ‘noise to signal’ ratio experienced by many. Since we witness a range of opinion on whether the healthcare industry can self correct via proactive conscious …

If the ACO Idea Fails, What’s Next?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the sea of collective opinion via both pundit and ‘boots on the ground do’ers’ reported in trade group, popular and growing insights proffered via social media, one of the narratives centers on can ACOs really make a difference? In other words, is meaningful reform of the failing volume driven …

3rd National ACO Congress Video Mashup

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For a taste of the proceedings, check out the video mashup below: Overview of the ACO Congress Since the Second National Accountable Care Organization Congress in November 2011, the ACO trend has demonstrated great momentum. As of June 2012, there are more than 200 ACOs identified in the U.S., a …

The 3rd National ACO Congress

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Just concluded at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, a stone’s throw away from my high school, ‘Beverly’ (yup, the real 90210), I attended the 3rd National ACO Congress. Co-produced by the the California Association of Physician Groups, CAPG, and the Integrated Healthcare Association, IHA. This truly represented a gathering of the …

Bricks and Sticks or Vision and Values? Building the ACO

By Jim Frederick, Senior Editor/Pharmacy, Drug Store News New, holistic models for integrated, patient-centered care are emerging from the fog of health reform almost as fast as you can say “accountable care organization.” But pharmacy and retail clinic operators aren’t waiting for ACOs to fully ripen; they’re forging new alliances with hospital-based health systems and …

Transformational Potential of Medicare ACOs – Part 1

Dr. David Ballard, Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, TX and Executive Director of its Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, introduces a series of articles appearing in the August 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings where he shares a 3-part interview with 3 leading …