National ACO Patient Engagement Benchmarking Survey

By Gregg A Masters, MPH Earlier today Avado released a National ACO Benchmark Survey directed to select ACO and accountable care industry executives. A core component of ACO success from both a financial and outcomes perspective, and critical to the fulfillment of the triple aim, ‘patient engagement’ is a broadly cast, locally flavored and otherwise […]

And the Circle Grows! CMS Announces Another Round of ACOs

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Industry watchers have to be impressed by the announcement from CMS today that effectively doubles the ACO count from prior reported totals. Is it just me, or can you can sense the subtle shift in market sentiment from skepticism to loss of first mover opportunity in one’s market. For the list of […]

ACOs: Here, There, Everywhere? Or Are We Quibbling at the Edges?

By Vince Kuraitis, JD, MBA A  recent analysis of the ACO market by Oliver Wyman market suggests we’re well on our way toward being “there”. My personal take on this report: Provocative, fresh, thoughtful, well reasoned, expansive — albeit a bit of a stretch. However, I suspect many others will describe it as: Speculative, harebrained, unsupported, overly […]

ACOs, Oncology and the Future of Better Cancer Care

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As originally posted at JustOncology. The best business model for oncology care is not yet obvious to me. But it is crystal clear that innovative new models are being hatched before our eyes.. via Oncology Times Since CMS (via HHS) issued the final rule addressing ACO provisions and specifically ‘excluded’ oncologists […]

The ACO Surprise

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Timing can be everything at times, no? Just after completing the post: ‘From “Unicorns to Multicorns” ACOs Morphing Below Radar‘, I received information from Oliver Wyman, a Marsh McLennan Company, previewing a study which documents (at least for some) ‘unexpected’ results in the world of ACO penetration. For background market […]

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 […]