CMS Announces Request for Applications on ACO ‘Pioneer Program’ and More..

Just off the phone listening to Drs. Berwick, Gilfillan, and Jonathan Blum CMS conference call on ACO’s. According to CMS, the call replay is available ‘for the next two days’, via: 800.837.1935, use code: 68658167, held on 5/17/at 11 1:30 ET.  We’ve recorded the session and it will be available via ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review …

The ‘ACO Sentiment Index’: A Tipping Point In Sight?

It’s been some 47 days (and counting) since CMS released the Notice of Proposed Rule on Accountable Care Organizations. Initial reaction was somewhat subdued, given its inherent complexity. Yet recently it seems CMS’s likely surviving allies may be patient advocates, Medicare beneficiaries and the patchwork of provider culture associated with Federal program funding, as well …

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 …

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 …

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 …

ACO Roundtable | On ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review

On Friday April 1st, 2011 (yes, ‘April Fools day’) at 4PM Eastern and 1PM Pacific ACO Watch: A Mid Week Review will host a special roundtable series on the ‘hot of the press’ Notice of Proposed Rule pertaining to the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations. For the published rule, click here. Our roundtable team will …

Leading from the Future: A Thought Leadership Event on Accountable Care Organizations

And so the day/event arrives which brought me from San Diego to HIMSS 2011 Orlando arrives. Leading from the Future kicks off (though apparently there’s been some confusion with the schedule), at 1PM with Lee Sachs, EVP, and Chief Medical Officer, Advocate Health Partners. Advocate is perhaps one of the prototype ‘institutionally lead’, though private …

‘Culture Wars’ at CMS?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The first declaratory though public announcement on when industry stakeholders could expect the highly anticipated guidance via the first round of a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) process, was Q4 2010. Subsequent updates has suggested first a January, and now February, release date. Some of the skeptics referring to CMS as a ‘black box’ …

Waiting for CMS

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH While we observe serial revisions in public release dates for the notice of proposed rules on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), lets play reading the “Berwick Tea Leaves’ particularly with respect to Administrator Berwick’s recent itemization of ‘the common core’ [of ACO’s] to attendees at the recent Brooking’s Event, ‘Achieving Better Care at …

Achieving Better Care at Lower Costs through ACOs

A Brookings Event at The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Medicare Shared Savings program to implement Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), coordinated networks of providers with shared responsibility for providing better care at lower costs. Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are …