Sneak Peak at Upcoming ACO Risk Sharing, Quality Measure and Beneficiary Assignment Regulations?

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Chairman, Glen Hackbarth, recently submitted comments in response to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Request for Information regarding the much-anticipated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) regulations, to be published early next year.  MedPAC’s comments were outlined in a letter dated November 22, 2010, from Mr. Hackbarth …

Health Industry Stakeholders to CMS on ACO’s: Published Comment Letters

In response to the request for comment proferred by CMS on November 17th, 2010 ‘Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Saving Program’ the industry has spoken. Below are select links to the respective submitting entities, and the issues they have called to the attention of CMS Chief, Donald Berwick, MD: Charles …

CMS To Hold Series of Regional ‘Listening Sessions’

During these sessions, CMS  intends to highlight health reform efforts while also gaining continuing input from community stakeholders. CMS’s purpose in organizing the regional sessions is to clarify that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) has given it new opportunities to improve the care delivery and payment system, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) under …

L. Gordon Moore, MD: Next on ACO Watch – A Mid-Week Review

On Wednesday, December 15th, at 11AM Pacific, and 2PM Eastern, my special guest commentator is l. Gordon Moore, MD, President of Ideal Medical Practices, former ‘chief evangelist’ of the HelloHealth University, and a participant on Twitter via @lgordonmooremd. Dr. Moore is a thought leader in ‘exemplary primary care’, and a physician who is actively exploring …

4 Ways to Think About ACO Strategy

Stephen Jenkins, for HealthLeaders Media We are in the midst of a full-fledged frenzy of activity around accountable care organizations (ACOs). Be wary of a frenzy—these are the times when action becomes separated from thought and we lose track of why we are doing what we are doing. There are good reasons to pursue becoming …

Is this the model for ‘virtual’ ACOs? Sisters of Charity Health System Creates Safe Haven For Independent Physicians

Sisters of Charity Health System, a faith-based organization, announced today the launch of its subsidiary, Independent Physician Solutions (IPS), to offer Northeast Ohio independent physicians a continuum of services, including revenue cycle management, electronic medical records (EMR), managed care contracting and a suite of a la carte consulting services for practice operations and financial management. …

Kent Bottles, MD Guest Commentator on 2nd ‘ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review’

On Tuesday at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern Kent Bottles, MD, (aka @kentbottles on Twitter) noted blogger, health care social media thought leader, lecturer and physician leadership role model and mentor will address ‘physician leadership and the collaboration imperative’. Clearly as we prepare for the ‘roll out’, ‘ramp up’ or otherwise ‘peppering of the health care …

ACO Comment Deadline Looming | December 3rd, 2010 by 5:30 PM (Eastern?)

Some key questions posed for input also providing context insight into current thinking at CMS relative to ACOs. Here they are direct from the ‘Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Saving Program’ posted in Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 221 /on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 / Proposed Rules. Solicitation …

American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Hosts Accountable Care Organization Panel in Tuscon with Elliott Fisher

ACPE members met in Tuscon on November 14th – 18th, 2010. Dr. Elliot Fisher, who oversees the Dartmouth-Brookings Pilot (ACO) Project, and who is often credited for ‘coining’ the term ‘Accountable Care Organization’ chairs the panel, featuring: Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE — Chief Medical Officer of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virgina, and an ACPE …

J. Peter Rich, McDermott, Will & Emery to Kick Off ‘ACO Watch: A Mid-week Review’

On Tuesday, November 3oth, 2010 at 10:00, Pacific, ACO Watch: A Mid-week Review of the Market will launch with J. Peter Rich as special commentator. Not a day goes by without some reference to Accountable Care Organizations or ‘ACO’s’ in print or online media whether of the main or ‘lame stream’ variety. Throw in the …