2nd Annual National Accountable Care Organization Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery by Secretary Sebelius on June 27th, 2011, Washington, DC. Thank you, Mark, for that kind introduction.  Few people have done as much to improve America’s health and health care as Mark has over the last decade.  Every day, we build on the foundation he left at CMS.  And I’m especially grateful …

ACO Summit AM Roundup

We always feel a tad behind the power curve here on the West coast when events begin in the ‘ET’ AM zone circa, in Todd Park’s vernacular, ‘…..at 0 dark hundred.’ Such is the case for the 2nd National ACO Summit which has convened in Washington DC today with many of the names we’ve come …

Don Berwick’s preso at 1st Accelerated Development Learning Program

On June 20th through the 22nd, 2011 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the first of its ‘ACO Accelerated Development Learning Sessions (ADLS)’. The sessions are ‘to provide the executive leadership teams from existing or emerging ACO entities the opportunity to learn about essential ACO functions and ways to build capacity needed …

Continued Insigthts into ACO’s: 5 Key Findings

By Molly Gamble for Becker’s Hospital Review 1. Approximately 40 percent of healthcare administrators and physicians say physician-staffing alignment is the biggest challenge with accountable care organizations. A June survey based on 882 responses found 40 percent attributing delayed progress towards ACOs to alignment. After physician and staff alignment, 31.4 percent of respondents attributed the delay …

ACO Onramp or Sideline?

Listening in and tweeting about the CMS Days 1 & 2 (partial only) ‘Accelerated Learning Program’ yesterday and today, I am struck by the candor and willingness of CMS to both acknowledge & signal their intentions to work with the provider (both institutional and professional) and payor communities. As noted today by Rick Gilfillan, MD, …

Day 2: Acquiring Core Competencies for ACO Success

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome to Day 2 – and Day 1 Summary  8:15 – 9:00 Remarks by CMS Leadership Don Berwick, MD, MPP, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rick Gilfillan, MD, Acting Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, CMS 9:00 – 10:30 Overview of Core Competencies Essential to ACO Success Overview of Competencies Related …

CMS: Accelerated Development Learning Program June 20 & 21, 2011

Day 1: ACO Formation: Leadership and Priority Setting On Day 1, presentations and discussion will emphasize the importance of understanding patient populations, market environment and the core functions of an ACO as a starting point that will guide ACO formation and provider relationships. The plenary, case studies and team based exercises will show how data …

ACO’s: If You Build ‘em, Will They Come?

Even the models for health reform hate the new HHS rule. The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel …

ACO’s, CMS, and ‘Tea Leaves’

Not sure what the latest count is on the comments to the ACO NPRM, see submitted comments on anti-trust enforcement, here, but amidst the range of direct commentary, and downstream banter, the following read is proferred: the stakeholder community (broadly cast) is rather, uh hum, ‘engaged’. It’s been said, the opposite of love is not hate, …

ACO: The Narrative Unfolds (Consumer v. Provider?)

This is an abstract of the article posted on KHN News titled: ‘ACO Defenders Emerge As Comment Period Ends‘. Editors note: now the conversation begins in earnest. The bottom-line question seems to be ‘how much GDP do they need’? Meanwhile, in other health law implementation news, timing issues related to Department of Health and Human Services …