Physician Hospital Co-Management Arrangements

By Marshall R. Burack, Akerman Senterfitt In recent years, a number of regulatory and economic factors have driven hospitals and physicians to find ways to work together in a more coordinated manner in order to improve the quality and reduce the cost of patient care. Factors causing hospitals and physicians to work together include, among other …

ACO reimbursement, bundled payments, clinical quality measures and public profiles will be based on ICD-10 data

By Lynne Thomas Gordon Healthcare leaders are juggling multiple pressures, including the consistent delivery of high-quality patient care, evaluation and development of accountable care organizations, the careful management of sensitive patient data, achieving meaningful-use criteria, making the most efficient use of the newest technology and stretching revenue to maintain end-to-end coverage of their bottom lines. …

Bundled Payment? Not So Fast!

From Boston.com’s ‘White Coat Notes’: By Liz Kowalczyk A new survey from the Massachusetts Medical Society reveals interesting divisions among doctors over plans to hold down health care spending — and perhaps some words of warning for lawmakers. More than half — 58 percent — of the 1,100 doctors who responded to the society’s survey …

ACO Accelerated Development Learning Session

Sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services On November 17-18, 2011, CMS is hosting its final “accelerated development learning session” (ADLS) to educate executives about ways to organize and administer ‘Accountable Care Organizations. The session will be held at CMS headquarters in Baltimore, MD. For more …

CMS Conference Call Digest & Reaction

By Gregg Masters, MPH Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 CMS held an informative conference call, on the new “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” Initiative, click here for summary and replay instructions. For those who missed, this is a ‘Tweet Digest’ of some of the salient observations, thoughts and re-tweets. RT @2healthguru: CMS Bundled Payment Conference Call Now! | http://t.co/3wcTj8h #aco #ACOchat AaronBazemoreAugust …

Core ACO Health Information Infrastructure: Analytics

By John W. Loonsk, Chief Medical Officer, CGI The Accountable Care Organization draft rule is out, and the political, clinical and technical trek to establishing these lynchpins of the Affordable Care Act and health reform is on. Community physicians and hospitals are jockeying for potential shares of the incentives that will be distributed via the …

Summer Doldrums in ‘Taming The Beast’? Hardly!

We’ve been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ from the health reform, accountable care and health care enterprise organizational and market positioning conversation, yet the industry is not standing still. A few notable announcements will highlight some of the quiet if not ‘semi-stealth’ movement underway while the CMS/provider community regulatory fermentation process plays out. Congrats to …

Waiting for ‘ACOcor?’

Some of you with an event horizon a tad longer than the recent focus on social media, web 2.0 or health 2.0 energizing innovation in healthcare may recall the by-gone era of physician practice management companies, aka ‘PPMCs.’ The PPMC industry witnessed roughly a 10+ year run (circa 1990s – 2000s) with cheerleaders on Wall …

CMS: Pioneer ACO Special Open Door Forum Conference Call

Moderator: Barbara Cebuhar, June 7, 2011, 12:00PM, Eastern Time Operator: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, my name is (Shawn) and I will be your conference operator today.  At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Pioneer ACO Special Open Door Forum Conference Call.  All lines have been placed on mute to prevent …

Clearer Thinking on ACOs and Healthcare Delivery Polarization

By Gunter Wessels, Partner, TIGI Delivering advisory services to healthcare organizations across the vertical in the US and internationally has focused our analysis of the proposed ACO rule in a bit of a different way. We’re looking at the practical commercialization implications of an array of potential and likely outcomes of ACO-based healthcare delivery transformation. …