MACRA, MIPS and APMs: A Report from CAPG

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH So everyone is talking about value based healthcare. No longer is ‘business as usual‘ even an option on the table as the volume driven FFS zeitgeist continues to lose supporters in health policy circles while a growing body of clinical initiatives from ACOs to a range of variably structured and […]

Final Medicare Shared Savings Program Rule (CMS-1644-F)

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Creating consistent high quality original content is hard. At ACO Watch, we’re not in the business of breaking news or high frequency posts to drive eyeballs and traffic to this blog so ‘the numbers’ that might attract advertising or sponsorship (there aren’t any). Instead we (mostly me) watch the developments […]

Hey, Remember IPAs, PPOs and TPAs?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH In a last man standing of sorts in what some may call the legacy and aging infrastructure of the ‘vote with your feet‘ PPO industry including it’s allies in the TPA (Third Party Administrator) space, the American Association of Payors, Administrators and Networks (AAPAN) is holding its 2016 Annual Forum […]

12 Steps to the Triple Aim or Value Based Healthcare

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH It has been challenging at times being in the ‘innovation conversation’ dating back to the 70s (who remembers ‘WIN’ [whip inflation now], PSROs or even HSAs (no, not the privatization funding mechanism, but the CON overlords) watching what get’s reported by industry press or online media as ‘innovation‘ or ‘bold […]

Is Evolent Health the ‘New, New’ Healtheon?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH There are parallels worth considering! But first for those who’s event horizons’ don’t reach back to the Healtheon era (mid to late 1990’s) a little history may help with the construction of this narrative. Perhaps the dots are optimally connected by the talented and best selling author Michael Lewis in his book […]

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 […]

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:

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 […]

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 […]