An ACO Update via Leavitt Partners

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Just released is the continuing pulse of the accountable care industry (not just ACOs per se) via the consulting firm branded with the imprimatur of a former Secretary of HHS Michael Leavitt who opines from the Red State of Utah on the progress made by market driven initiatives outlined in […]

The ACO: Seen One? You’ve Seen One…

A/C/O Accountable/Care/Organization According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is defined as: …groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. While the goal of such broadly cast and some may say overly […]

The Medicare Shared (ACO) Savings Program – A Tale of Transition

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In pursuit of the no longer optional ‘triple aim‘ and as once suggested by industry innovator Richard Merkin, MD the founder and CEO of Heritage Provider Network, the ‘gold’ in the ACA may be the programs and outreach of the CMMI. But we’re not obsessed with acronym’s in healthcare, right? So […]

ACO Alignment Summit

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Day one of the ACO Alignment Summit kicked off in Alexandria, Virginia with excellent presentations from Diwen Chen, Executive Director, Payment Innovation and Accountable Care, Dignity Health, and Michael Donahue, MBA, Vice President, Network Development and ACO Activities for Eastern Maine Healthcare System (EMHS). Dignity Health a hospital system founded […]

Brookings: ‘Big Issues for ACOs Going Forward’

On October 20, 2014 the Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform hosted a half day forum to assess the latest evidence on accountable care, discuss strategies to overcome unique ACO challenges, and provide an overview of accountable care reforms. Panel participants included:

The State of Accountable Care: Evidence to Date and Next Steps

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH So I registered for the webcast version of this Brookings event titled: ‘The State of Accountable Care: Evidence to Date and Next Steps‘ which noted at 9AM start time. My assumption was Pacific time, so when I dialed in (really logged onto twitter to monitor the webcast hashtag #ACOfuture), the […]

Your Comment is in Moderation: ‘Why ACO Savings Aren’t About Location.’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’re having an interesting exchange over at The Healthcare Blog where Health Care Policy Lead at Aledade, Inc. Travis Broome posted a piece titled: ‘Why ACO Savings Aren’t About Location.’ I chimed in with some ‘contextually pro’ ACO thoughts with some significant push back by industry veteran, author, consultant, economist and […]

Farzad Mostashari MD Unbundles the ‘Healthcare Borg’ at Engage

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I have been following the career of Dr. Mostshari since his tenure at ONC as Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Upon learning of his launch of the startup ACO management company Aledade, we posted some thoughts here and here. Yesterday at MedCity Media’s […]

ACO Onramp: Reading the Pioneer [Exit] Tea Leaves

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Whenever someone buys a stock for the most part they make a decision that weighs available public (and sometimes ‘non public’) information and concludes that the company’s value exceeds (currently or shortly will) that which is expressed in the bid/offer price points the day the purchase is executed. Yet, there […]

IPA 2.0 the Preferred ACO Chassis?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Earlier his morning I received an email from a colleague watching the ACO space for one of his clients. He wanted to draw my attention to an announcement by a Northern Virginia based company that supports physicians in independent practice. He also offered his client as commentator on the significance […]