ACOs in the ‘Good Ole US of A’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH David Blumenthal, M.D., MPP, Former National Coordinator (2009-2011) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and seasoned health policy wonk opines on ACOs. Further details and balance of Dr. Blumenthal’s credentials below: In this video, Dr David Blumenthal, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health […]

No Margin, No Mission or No Mission, No Margin for ACO Success?

By  Larry G. Raff, MPH, President, Copley Raff Article originally appeared on Becker’s Hospital Review Magazine Don’t look now, but the face of healthcare in the United States is about to change. The results will be better care, better patient outcomes, lower costs (or slowing of cost increases) and more financially sound providers. It would appear […]

An ACO Progress Report c/o CMS

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Can you feel it? Amidst the continued uncertainty spawned by the very principals who most directly hope to benefit from the continued diversion if not outright ‘anti ACA’ (i.e., Affordable Care Act) propaganda are data suggesting a possible shift in not only attitude but commitment to ‘accountable care’ and the […]

A Bold Prediction by Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH News flash! we’re at 25 hours and counting for SCOTUS opinions on the trilogy of decisions they are set to rule on if the opinions are to book in this calendar year of the Court. The following Tweet by @JoshGray_DC of the Advisory Board aka @TheAdvisoryBD caught my attention this morning: […]

And ‘the Act’ is…

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per the SCOTUS blog: Amy Howe: “We do not expect any additional opinions today, so NO health care today. Few laws have and continue to stir up such emotion, political spin and both authentic and misinformed interest. Perhaps the mood [for some of us] is best captured in the following […]

Early Returns: ACOs Improve Management of Patient Populations, Offer Short-Term Savings

by Bryn Nelson, PhD Opportunities to be more efficient are largely under care of hospitalists, ACO director says Several years ago, Presbyterian Medical Group in Albuquerque, N.M., decided to integrate three elements of its healthcare system: its health plan, the employed medical group, and the hospital delivery system. Knitting those parts into a cohesive whole […]

Update: Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations – Leavitt Partners

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH While Attending the Third National ACO Summit in Washington, DC last week I  had the opportunity to cross paths with Thomas Merrill my liaison with Leavitt Partners (LP) responsible for our interview on ‘This Week in Accountable Care‘ discussing LP’s initial release of their report ‘Growth and Dispersion of Accountable […]

Today on MU Live Radio: ACOs & Meaningful Use Connecting the Dots

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH ACOs, Meaningful Use (aka MU), the persistent ‘whitewater’ of health reform and the quest for the elusive ‘triple aim’ will be at the center of our chat today on Meaningful Use: MU Live Radio. MU Live! is a 30 minute internet talk radio show hosted by our HITECH Answers experts. Our session […]

First Round of CMMI Innovation Grants Announced

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH CMS has disclosed the recipients of the innovation grants this morning. Read their profiles below, from ‘Camp Courage to the Regents of the University of California’ representing an eclectic mix of coast-to-coast academic plays, system lead and entrepreneurial initiatives): BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS Project Title: “Preventing avoidable re-hospitalizations: Post-Acute Care Transition Program […]

Feel for the enforcers: Shades of Maytag Repair Man?

By Vince Kuraitis This post originally appeared at eCare Management Blog. One of the biggest concerns about ACOs has been their potential to enable market consolidation – that by uniting health care providers the ACO gains market clout and ability to charge higher prices. While this is a legitimate concern about ACOs, so far it’s not playing out. […]