The Medicare Shared Savings Program: Class of 2015

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The clock is ticking and the CMS continues its community outreach via their series of National Provider Calls on the application process for ACOs interested in submitting for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The deadline for the class of 2015 is approaching with the next call scheduled for Tuesday, April […]

Patient Engagement in an ACO World

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Last June I had the honor or moderating a panel on ‘unlocking innovation in patient engagement’ in an ACO World at MedCity News’s ENGAGE conference. Joining me on the panel are: Libby Webb, Director, Product Management, Athenahealth, Lanie W. Abbott, APR, Senior Communications & Outreach Coordinator, EMHS Population Health Management […]

123 ACOs Join the Shared Savings Dance Card

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH CMS has announced another round of certified ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program effective for January 1, 2014. The complete list is available here. One observation I’ll make is Universal American (UAM) seems to remain active in building a national footprint of managed ACO collaborations. Their risk sharing […]

From FutureMed to ACO Congress and Health Insurance Exchange West Summits

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Today I drove north some 150 miles or so from San Diego to the Century City Plaza Hotel complex in Los Angeles on the suitably named ‘avenue of the stars’ adjacent to the Fox entertainment empire. The Sunday session at FutureMed hosted at the Hotel Del Coronado was infectious and […]

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 […]

Leavitt Partners on ACO Growth and Dispersion: An Update

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per Leavitt Partners: A ‘Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update.’ The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases new white paper entitled “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update”Growth and Dispersion of ACOs August 2013. Salt Lake City, August 15, 2013 — […]

Accountable Care, ACOs and the ‘New OS’: An Emerging Zeitgeist?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH …or might the movement just be the very oxygen essential to achieve the triple aim? We’ll get one man’s take on the Wednesday July 24th 2013 broadcast at 12 noon Pacific/3PM Eastern when my special guest is thought leader, deep thinker and advocate for patient centric healthcare Leonard Kish, aka […]

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 […]