Venrock’s 2019 Healthcare Prognosis

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Received this embargoed report earlier this week. Venrock has formally released the report this morning. One reason I am fond of their work is I’ve been following Bob Kocher, one of Venrock’s principals, since the turbulent introduction of the ACA by the Obama administration. More recently perhaps due to Venrock’s […]

ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP): Is There a Fix?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH The Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform just released ‘How to Fix the Medicare Shared Savings Program‘ with lead author and long term managed health care industry veteran Harold D. Miller, its President and CEO.  Some six (6) years into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions specific to Accountable Care […]

Tufts Health Plan Forms MassHealth Accountable Care Organization Partnership with Four Provider Organizations

Press Release | Watertown, MA | August 18, 2017  The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) recently announced that Tufts Health Plan has signed contracts to form Medicaid (MassHealth) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) partnerships with four provider organizations:  Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Boston Children’s Accountable Care Organization. The new ACOs feature a value‐based […]

What, What? ACOs Not ‘DOA’?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH When the Affordable Care Act passed in March of 2010 and the law’s many moving parts analyzed by the ecosystem stakeholders including operators, health wonks and patient advocates many weighed in that ACOs were doomed to fail. They were just too ‘tepid’ to make a material contribution to the volume […]

ACO Winners and Losers: A Quick Take

by Ashish K. Jha Last week, CMS sent out press releases touting over $1 billion in savings from Accountable Care Organizations. Here’s the tweet from Andy Slavitt, the acting Administrator of CMS: Andy Slavitt ✔@ASlavitt NEW ACO RESULTS: physicians are changing care, w better results for patients & are saving money. Over $1B. https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-08-25.html … 1:32 PM – […]

Final Medicare Shared Savings Program Rule (CMS-1644-F)

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Creating consistent high quality original content is hard. At ACO Watch, we’re not in the business of breaking news or high frequency posts to drive eyeballs and traffic to this blog so ‘the numbers’ that might attract advertising or sponsorship (there aren’t any). Instead we (mostly me) watch the developments […]

The Droids You Are Looking For Are Not Here

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Beneath the ideological crossfire and mostly bluster of the ACA ‘repeal and replace crowd’, while the latest ‘new, new, thing‘ aka the defacto Rorschach upside of a litany of mostly vaporware or me too ‘meh‘ digital health apps, platforms or S-1 filings (see: ‘Disruptive Idiots from Silicon Valley‘) stumble into maturity amidst […]

ACOs and Population Health: The Value Narrative

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Before there was ‘accountable care’, the current full court press towards innovation – whether digital health app, platform or service delivery model, an emerging culture of transformation or the attendant pursuit of the triple aim, not to mention the most recent obsession with ‘retail as cure’ for that which ails healthcare, […]

Another Milestone Marker in Favor of the ACO Model?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH I awoke this morning to an email from a PR rep who supports outbound news for one of the emerging ACO management companies enabling physician led participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) aka Aledade (@AledadeACO). I then copy, pasted and tweeted the headline: ‘Aledade Creating New Medicare Accountable Care […]

Farzad Mostashari MD Unbundles the ‘Healthcare Borg’ at Engage

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I have been following the career of Dr. Mostshari since his tenure at ONC as Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Upon learning of his launch of the startup ACO management company Aledade, we posted some thoughts here and here. Yesterday at MedCity Media’s […]