Standing Up the ACO: Lessons from South Park?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On Sunday I was chatting with a friend in the biz and the conversation turned to ACOs, wherein he whimsically laughed and then relayed a story from a recent California Medical Association (CMA) sponsored event on health reform, the future of medicine and Accountable Care Organizations, wherein one of the […]

New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) ACO Innovation Summit

November 27th, 2012 [Editor’s note: portions of broadcast present with low audio]. NEHI Summit Explores Innovations In the Emerging ACO Landscape The opportunities – and the challenges – presented by the rapid movement towards Accountable Care Organizations were the subject of a recent NEHI summit that drew perspectives from across health care: “I think ACOs […]

Accountable Care: It’s Growth, Complexity, Prevalence and Promise?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH From Leavitt Partners. a webinar held on November 8th, 2012. The focus is on ACOs, and represents an update post elections from their previous reporting here.

A/C/O: ‘Another Compromised Organization’ or ‘A Coordinated Orchestra?’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Last Friday I moderated the HealthIT social media focused tweetchat tagged ‘#HITsm’, see context piece here, and transcript here. The theme centered on the value or centrality of HealthIT to ACO success. The conversation was lively (for additional context, ACO surprise provides metrics on dispersion and penetration into Medicare and commercial markets), and […]

None of the Ransomed Ever Knew How Deep Were the Waters Crossed

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Ah yes, those ‘white waters’ of health reform or more aptly put ‘transformation’ (you know, the triple aim thingy). As more has been revealed, I offer a quasi ‘mea culpa’ of sorts… Light years ago, or so it seems, as I began at least the blogging portion of my social […]

‘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 […]

3rd National ACO Congress Video Mashup

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For a taste of the proceedings, check out the video mashup below: Overview of the ACO Congress Since the Second National Accountable Care Organization Congress in November 2011, the ACO trend has demonstrated great momentum. As of June 2012, there are more than 200 ACOs identified in the U.S., a […]

Yes We Can? No, He [POTUS] Didn’t. Not Tonight.

Note: An Opinion Piece By Gregg A. Masters, MPH If you were not dialed into the first presidential debate tonight, you missed a rather tortured, poorly moderated, POTUS failed series of opportunities to credibly discredit his health reform ‘etch-a-sketch’ opponent. In the post debate punditry, and fact checking, this one is likely to ascend to […]

I’m Absolutely Bullish on the Future of Healthcare!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the walk and perhaps some instances trot towards forming and launching an ACO you have prominent voices on both sides of the debate. The bearish camp is perhaps best represented by the likes Jeff Goldsmith in ‘Can Accountable-Care Organizations Improve Health Care While Reducing Costs?’ or Virgina Herzlinger in […]

ACO Roundup | August 29th 2012

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’ve been somewhat dormant on ‘This Week in Accountable Care‘ during the summer months, but there has been no shortage of announcements with the CMS series of proscribed deadlines, as well as the purely discretionary dates associated with ACO arrangements negotiated and launched in the private aka ‘commercial’ market. Today we […]