ACO Onramp: Reading the Pioneer [Exit] Tea Leaves

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Whenever someone buys a stock for the most part they make a decision that weighs available public (and sometimes ‘non public’) information and concludes that the company’s value exceeds (currently or shortly will) that which is expressed in the bid/offer price points the day the purchase is executed. Yet, there […]

Key Steps to Successfully Implement Bundled Payment

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Are you tasked with ‘accountable care’ strategy, clinical integration or even business model innovation at your hospital, health system, medical group, practice or healthcare network? Then you will be interested in this timely session on Bundled Payment. Just consider the history (and on again off again promise) of bundling payment […]

‘Eating Glass?’: A DaVita Healthcare Partners Hiccup or Impending Physician Integration Implosion?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH   When Modern Healthcare somewhat ‘matter of factually’ and rather tersely reported the sudden [unexpected?] change in C-suite leadership at the DaVita acquired foray into physician global medical risk management (i.e., Healthcare Partners) of Craig Samitt, MD, I wondered what back-story this announcement might portend?  DaVita the market leader in End Stage […]

Meet Redwood Community Care Coalition: A Health Center Nested ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Wrapped in the ‘population health’ angle but clearly a unique play in the ACO space – at least from the participation point of view of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), former CEO Steve Ramsland (a 10% allocated FTE) addresses the audience about their market, approach to ACOs and the deployed healthIT […]

The 5th Annual ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Can’t make the annual gathering in DC? Why not follow the conference via Twitter? In years past, I registered the ACO Summit as a conference with the healthcare hashtags registrar @Symplur. While the dashboard has not been updated with current information (the program description dates back to 2012), the conference […]

Care Management: A Deeper Dive

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Earlier I was asked by Lumeris to moderate a webinar on Care Management featuring Deborah Robin, MD, MHCM Medical Director and Eric Mueller, JD, MBA, Director, Product Management. This session is an exploration into the importance and key components of Care Management. In an earlier post, Dr. Robin notes: In […]

The Journey to an Accountable Delivery System

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Colleague and industry veteran Jim Hansen penned a blog post some time ago titled: ‘Accountable Care 2.0: It’s a Journey, Not a Program’, and we followed up with Jim via an interview: ‘The ACO Narrative: ‘Accountable Care 2.0 is a Journey, Not a Program’ or ‘ObamaCare is Toast’?’. Shortly thereafter […]

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 […]

Accountable Care Round Up

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the ongoing challenges in ‘new media’ is to effectively discern the content ‘signal to noise’ ratio given the ease of publishing these days. Everyone is a potential publisher and not all curation is of equal value nor newsworthy per se. As heard at a Health 2.0 meeting some […]

Healthcare Change is Not Coming. Healthcare has Changed!

Why Clinical Integration is Essential for the Future of Independent Physicians Guest post by Ben Humphrey, MD, CPE, MGO Healthcare Consulting (1,2,3) We’re past the tipping point and are proceeding headlong into new market-driven accountability for quality, cost and value. As these large-scale changes progress, physicians who want to thrive and be positioned for long-term […]