They’re Here!!

CMS releases final rule today on ACO and Medicare Shared Services Program! For complete text of final rule submitted to the Office of the Feferal Registrer today, click here. More details to follow including a TweetChat via hashtag #ACOchat. There will be a conference call and Press conference today with Dr. Don Berwick et al …

ACO reimbursement, bundled payments, clinical quality measures and public profiles will be based on ICD-10 data

By Lynne Thomas Gordon Healthcare leaders are juggling multiple pressures, including the consistent delivery of high-quality patient care, evaluation and development of accountable care organizations, the careful management of sensitive patient data, achieving meaningful-use criteria, making the most efficient use of the newest technology and stretching revenue to maintain end-to-end coverage of their bottom lines. …

Massmed Releases 10th Annual Physician Workforce Study

Physician Shortages Found in 8 Specialties, Continued Primary Care Shortages, and Physician Concerns About Global Payments and Accountable Care Organizations: Waltham, Mass. — September 28, 2011 — The Massachusetts Medical Society today released its 2011 Physician Workforce Study showing critical and severe physician shortages in eight specialties, a sixth consecutive year of shortages of primary …

Bundled Payment? Not So Fast!

From Boston.com’s ‘White Coat Notes’: By Liz Kowalczyk A new survey from the Massachusetts Medical Society reveals interesting divisions among doctors over plans to hold down health care spending — and perhaps some words of warning for lawmakers. More than half — 58 percent — of the 1,100 doctors who responded to the society’s survey …

ACO Accelerated Development Learning Session

Sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services On November 17-18, 2011, CMS is hosting its final “accelerated development learning session” (ADLS) to educate executives about ways to organize and administer ‘Accountable Care Organizations. The session will be held at CMS headquarters in Baltimore, MD. For more …

CMS Conference Call Digest & Reaction

By Gregg Masters, MPH Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 CMS held an informative conference call, on the new “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” Initiative, click here for summary and replay instructions. For those who missed, this is a ‘Tweet Digest’ of some of the salient observations, thoughts and re-tweets. RT @2healthguru: CMS Bundled Payment Conference Call Now! | http://t.co/3wcTj8h #aco #ACOchat AaronBazemoreAugust …

‘New’ CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative: 6 Preliminary Take-aways

By Vince Kuraitis This afternoon (August 23rd, 2011)  CMS announced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCII). For details, start reading here. Here are six quick first impressions: 1. It’s very creative and innovative. CMS has demonstrated out-of-the-box thinking and leaves a lot of room for applicants to propose their own approaches. Expect to …

CMS Conference Call on the new ‘Bundled Payments for Care Improvement’ Initiative [Re-play]

August 23rd, 2011 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation today announced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative to help improve care for patients while they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can now apply to participate in this new program that will …

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 …