Editor’s Note on #ACOchat

We missed our #ACOchat today due to other commitments and a full schedule. Our intention is for the ‘TweetChat to run on a weekly basis, with Tuesday at 3PM Eastern/12 Noon Pacific time as the preferred slot on the calendar. Though until we reach some community consensus or affirmation of the day, and time chosen, can …

First ACOchat ‘In The Can’

On Tuesday, April 27th, with the able support and leadership of Mark Browne, MD, aka @consultdoc we experienced the first TweetChat focused on the Accountable Care Organization niche. Many of our community members joined in and created a rich conversational stream around the three topics (T1, T2 & T3) generated for the moderated conversation, which …

ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review with Michael L. Millenson

On the Thursday, April 28th 2011 program at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern, my guest commentator for an encore appearance is thought leader, author, blogger, lecturer and consultant on health care quality Michael L. Millenson. We’ll discuss his piece: ‘ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment‘ and more. Millenson is president of Health Quality Advisors …

ACO and Medicare Shared Savings CMS Listening Session | Region 10

CMS in its continuing commitment to be present and engage healthcare stakeholder voices in the complex challenge to re-engineer the complex and somewhat change resistant ‘healthcare borg’ (disclosure: editors words, not CMS) will hold another listening session on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PT). To register for the event via …

Fairy Tales, ACOs and More with Michael L. Millenson

Michael L. Millenson, President of Health Quality Advisors LLC, joins me on ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review, on April 28th, 2011 at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern. Millenson channels sentiments of the ‘bearish camp’ on ACO viability recently via a piece he authored titled “ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment‘. A portion of which …

‘ACOchat’ is Born!

On Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, at 3PM Eastern and 12PM Pacific join us for the first ACO focused TweetChat. Our session moderator is Mark Browne, M.D., aka @consultdoc.  During the 1 hour scheduled TweetChat, we’ll consider and discuss 3 to 4 topics specific to ACO’s. (NOTE: With this launch, we’ll add another scheduled TweetChat to …

Bridging the Quality vs. Quantity Divide in Healthcare

By David Nace, MD Experts point to rising healthcare costs as a symptom of overuse, underuse and misuse of care delivery services. With the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set a goal of changing the model for payment for care from the fee-for-service model, which rewards …

Specialists and ACOs: Play or Circle the Wagons’?

By Leigh Page for Becker’s Hospital Review As hospitals and large multispecialty group practices gear up for accountable care organizations, procedure-oriented specialists are still trying to figure out their role in them. “Specialists are not taking the lead in the formation of ACOs,” says Aric Sharp, CEO of the Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group, a 130-provider multi-specialty …

ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review with Sheryl Skolnick, Ph.D.

On the Thursday, April 7th broadcast, at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern, my special guest commentator is health care industry analyst, Sheryl Skolnick, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of CRT Capital Group, LLC, a Stamford, Connecticut based institutional brokerage. Dr. Skolnick recently published a report titled: ‘First Glance at Proposed Medicare ACO Rule: We Must Be …

The ACO Proposed Rule: A [Skeptical] View From ‘The Street’

By Sheryl R. Skolnick, Ph.D, and Nick Leventis A first glance at proposed Medicare ACO Rule:  What are we missing? One of the most eagerly awaited proposed regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as amended (health reform), has been the rule that would define and regulate Accountable Care Organizations, i.e., patient-centered …