Standing Up the ACO: A View from Ground Zero

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The clock has been officially ticking for the more mature ACO Pioneer class and recently anointed, perhaps less sophisticated pool of market entrants, in the Advanced Payment Model or standard Medicare Shared Savings Program. Clearly, top of mind strategic questions du’ jour in many board rooms and standing committee conversations […]

The Advanced ACO Payment Model: An Unlikely Source of Innovation?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Recognizing that all healthcare is local and typically imprinted with variable leadership DNA, risk maturity levels, provider concentration or segmentation, competitive dynamics, urban v. suburban and rural market considerations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) refined and offered several […]

ACOs, Accountable Care and the Digital Health ‘App Market’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH So much of the innovation metabolism witnessed today via social media and seeping into mainstream consideration, seems to be sucked up in the many, perhaps oversupplied and under utilized consumer facing ‘digital health apps’ market. We have yet to see these app driven forces of nature materially unleashed in the healthcare […]

The 5 Myths of the Republican Health Reform Solution

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Let’s start here, the healthcare industry is a $2.5 trillion behemoth unlike any other in the US economy. At roughly 20% of GDP, 1 out of every 5 dollars spent in the US works it’s way into a complex, silo-ed, discontinuous, often schizophrenic and certainly misaligned series of volume vs. […]

The ACO is a Child of the ACA

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Only another battle has been won, (tho’ an effing big one at that), yet the war to re-engineer America’s healthcare borg remains intact and the Act is at risk to the outcome of November’s elections. In a perfect world 100% of our resources are committed to implementation of the vision, yet in […]

ACOs: The 2012 Line-Up

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH A Profile of ACO’s Selected for July 1, 2012 Start Date Per CMS Annoucement: On July 9, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the selection of 89 additional Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Saving Program.  The selected organizations will take responsibility […]

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Watching the ensuing theater unleashed by SCOTUS’ ruling on the Affordable Care Act, I came across some similar sound bytes from a ‘by gone era’ – or so we thought. Since we are not likely to see these disingenuous, ‘don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is already made up’ foes fold […]

The Affordable Care Act in Historical Context: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As I have penned over at XanateMedia in ‘The Triple Aim Sets the Agenda for Healthcare Social Media Community,’ while the aftermath of the SCOTUS ruling is predictably lining up along straight partisan lines, the net takeaway for healthcare social media peeps is to get behind the ‘triple aim’. Yet we […]

Summary of SCOTUS Affordable Care Act Rulings

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This provided courtesy of Deloitte’s ‘Special Edition Health Care Reform Memo: June 29, 2012’ where long term healthcare industry advisor and wonk Paul Keckly opines: The decision was a bit of a surprise: I expected the law to be upheld; I did not suspect the mandate would be upheld, nor […]

Maggie Mahar, Robert Reich, Michael Cannon and Grace Marie Turner on SCOTUS ACA Ruling

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Courtesy of a tweet via Gary Levin aka @glevin1 we note the following  @Google+ Hangout post SCOTUS ruling discussion. NOTE: there is a slight delay in the clip. The chat is facilitated by David Firestone aka ‏@fstonenyt and includes an eclectic mix of the academic, think tank and ideological spectrum including Maggie Mahar, aka @Maggie Mahar, @UCBerkeley […]