Changing the Mythology of Hospital Led Value Based Purchasing

By William De Marco Hospitals whose only product is acute care will have a difficult time managing in the post reform environment. Many hospitals have ventured into outpatient services competing with physicians. This has proven to be a mistake long term when seeking collaboration with physicians. Many hospitals do not understand how ACOs actually make […]

Tom Scully Tutorial & Diagnosis of Medicare Program

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH An excellent ‘tutorial’ of sorts on the Medicare program is provided by Tom Scully, former Bush era (2001-2004) administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who opines on the Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965. He discusses President Lyndon Bain Johnson’s vision of the bill and looks at […]

‘Eating Glass?’: A DaVita Healthcare Partners Hiccup or Impending Physician Integration Implosion?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH   When Modern Healthcare somewhat ‘matter of factually’ and rather tersely reported the sudden [unexpected?] change in C-suite leadership at the DaVita acquired foray into physician global medical risk management (i.e., Healthcare Partners) of Craig Samitt, MD, I wondered what back-story this announcement might portend?  DaVita the market leader in End Stage […]

Meet Redwood Community Care Coalition: A Health Center Nested ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Wrapped in the ‘population health’ angle but clearly a unique play in the ACO space – at least from the participation point of view of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), former CEO Steve Ramsland (a 10% allocated FTE) addresses the audience about their market, approach to ACOs and the deployed healthIT […]

Atul Gawande Opines on Post ACA Agenda

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH ‘The debate about whether to provide coverage for healthcare is over…’ Atul Gawande I had a front row seat for this one at the 5th Annual (and last) ‘Health Datapalooza‘, a label affectionately coined by the former ‘athenista’ though always energetic and singularly determined Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer […]

Catching Up with Farzad Mostashari, MD: An Aledade Preview at HiMSS 2014?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The HealthInnovation Media footprint was again on the ground at Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 in Orlando, Florida. One of the privileges I enjoy as producer and creator of all digital content generated is I get to tag interesting people to put in front of the camera including […]

Meet Aledade An ACO Management Company Putting Docs at the Head of The Table

By Gregg A Masters, MPH When Farzad Mostashari, MD not too long ago sported a Federal business card his principal mission was to stimulate and evangelize the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in his capacity as the lead official for the Office of the National Coordinator for HealthIT (ONC). This important market transformational role was […]

The 5th Annual ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Can’t make the annual gathering in DC? Why not follow the conference via Twitter? In years past, I registered the ACO Summit as a conference with the healthcare hashtags registrar @Symplur. While the dashboard has not been updated with current information (the program description dates back to 2012), the conference […]

Care Management: A Deeper Dive

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Earlier I was asked by Lumeris to moderate a webinar on Care Management featuring Deborah Robin, MD, MHCM Medical Director and Eric Mueller, JD, MBA, Director, Product Management. This session is an exploration into the importance and key components of Care Management. In an earlier post, Dr. Robin notes: In […]

Universal American: A Sign of Things to Come?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per the recent investor call [to listen via archive replay click (and register) here] the theme was perhaps best set via the following comment: We just want to stop the bleeding… Robert Waegelein When CMS issued the final rule for ACOs one of the first enterprising companies out of the gate […]