Medicaid and HITECH Conference: Fourth Annual

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH From the CMS. Originally posted here. To view the live conference video streaming feed, including accessing the agenda and related conference materials and handouts, click here. Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as we host a three-day conference for State Medicaid agencies, and other Federal and …

ACOs: A promising report ‘from the front’ via IOM

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The prevailing sentiment towards ACOs in the market today can be grossly divided somewhere between the skeptic camp perhaps most gently represented by the oft quoted ‘unicorn’ attribution, credited to Mark Smith, MD, MBA, President and CEO of the California Healthcare Foundation: The accountable care organization is like a unicorn, …

FTC v. OSF Healthcare

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the more popular downsides associated with the growth and dispersion of ACOs in provider [primarily of the ‘institutional variety’ aka hospital/health system] consolidation and asset concentration, is the risk of anti-competitive pricing leverage. You know, the ‘my way or the highway’ approach of certain providers with near or actual …

Aetna teams with Hoag Orthopedic on bundled payment initiative

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Leveraging up from the Integrated Healthcare Association’s (IHA) work (and others) in the bundled payment domain, @Aetna announced yesterday that in association with partner health information technology vendor @McKesson_HIT, their work with Hoag Orthopedic Hospital (aka @HoagOrthopedic) in Newport Beach, California. Bundled payment a child of the DRG payment system and long …

They Shoot Horses’ Don’t They?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Some may remember the movie ‘They Shoot Horses’ Don’t They‘ [caution: a rather graphic depiction of an exit]. The plot borrowing from the humane ‘taking them out of their misery’ [post injury] if you will, albeit in the context of certain determined dance partners ‘desperate to win a Depression-era dance marathon and the …

Bundled Payment: A Gateway to Accountable Care?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Advisory Board senior consultant and talented speaker (I might add), recently penned a blog post titled: ‘Bundled Payment: A Stepping Stone for ACO’s? I Don’t Buy It.’ I read this well constructed piece, but came to a rather different conclusion. In his set up Rob posits: As I have previously …

A 6th Difference Between ACOs and “AC-Like” Arrangements

By Vince Kuraitis The post originally appeared on the e-caremanagement blog. Last week I wrote about five key differences between formal ACOs (mainly care providers contracting with Medicare)  and informal Accountable Care-Like (AC-Like) arrangements between care providers and commercial health plans. Transaction costs Timing Incrementalism Flexibility Capital cost There’s an important  6th  difference worth noting: Visibility Formal …

AMGA 2012: The complete ‘digital footprint’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The synopsis tweeted is pasted below: Final ‘digital footprint’ for #AMGA12: Reached 66,842 peeps via 273 tweets & an exposure of 638,735 impressions The trade group arguably representing a majority of forward thinking and innovation oriented, in terms of the active exploration of what and how accountable care business models can be articulated, …

AMGA12: The ‘half life’ of a conference hashtag

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Thanks to fellow healthtweep @PhilBaumann, I learned of another cool ‘infographic’ app to track and display select hashtag metrics posted to Twitter. Below is the infographic created with Visual.ly for the AMGA 2012 Annual Conference tagged #AMGA12: infographic created with visual.ly

That’s Not an ACO!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the last ‘super PHOs’ standing circa the blood bath, grand ‘risk push-back’ and subsequent unwinding of many physician/hospital JVs of the 90s, Advocate Health Partners (aka @AdvocateHealth) and it’s aligned payor partner, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (aka @BCBSIL) went public with their commercial ACO results …