The Future of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): An Interview with Bill DeMarco

By Richard L. Reece, MD What follows is an interview with Bill DeMarco, a health care consultant for more than 30 years and an advisor on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The subject of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) accounted for only 10 pages of the 2500 page health reform bill. Yet ACOs are now the buzz, …

An ACO Watch: Mid-Week Review ‘Mea Culpa’!

The brodcast today on ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review was a, well, d/i/s/a/s/t/e/r: Per Wikipedia: A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the natural environment. A disaster can be …

ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review

Tomorrow, January 26th, 2011 we’ll review headlines in the ACO market, and focus specifically on the cultural antecedents and pathways for engaging ‘independent physician’ participation in ACOs. Other than mature IDN’s such as Mayo, Kaiser and Geisinger, et al, who have risen to the head of the class when discussing ACO potential, there is a second tier of …

The Importance of The Shared-Savings ACO Model

By Ron Klar Certainly no Medicare provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has generated more interest among health care providers, policy analysts, and consultants than the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for accountable care organizations (ACOs).  Because there are so many design elements for which the Secretary of Health and Human Services must “determine”, …

ACOs and the Shared Savings Program: Some Common Misconceptions

by Reed Tinsley, CPA Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (the Act) creates the Shared Savings Program for Medicare. Under the Shared Savings Program, which is to take effect no later than Jan. 1, 2012, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that meet certain requirements established by the Secretary of Health and Human …