Is this the model for ‘virtual’ ACOs? Sisters of Charity Health System Creates Safe Haven For Independent Physicians

Sisters of Charity Health System, a faith-based organization, announced today the launch of its subsidiary, Independent Physician Solutions (IPS), to offer Northeast Ohio independent physicians a continuum of services, including revenue cycle management, electronic medical records (EMR), managed care contracting and a suite of a la carte consulting services for practice operations and financial management. …

Kent Bottles, MD Guest Commentator on 2nd ‘ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review’

On Tuesday at 10AM Pacific, 1PM Eastern Kent Bottles, MD, (aka @kentbottles on Twitter) noted blogger, health care social media thought leader, lecturer and physician leadership role model and mentor will address ‘physician leadership and the collaboration imperative’. Clearly as we prepare for the ‘roll out’, ‘ramp up’ or otherwise ‘peppering of the health care …

ACO Comment Deadline Looming | December 3rd, 2010 by 5:30 PM (Eastern?)

Some key questions posed for input also providing context insight into current thinking at CMS relative to ACOs. Here they are direct from the ‘Medicare Program; Request for Information Regarding Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare Shared Saving Program’ posted in Federal Register /Vol. 75, No. 221 /on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 / Proposed Rules. Solicitation …

American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) Hosts Accountable Care Organization Panel in Tuscon with Elliott Fisher

ACPE members met in Tuscon on November 14th – 18th, 2010. Dr. Elliot Fisher, who oversees the Dartmouth-Brookings Pilot (ACO) Project, and who is often credited for ‘coining’ the term ‘Accountable Care Organization’ chairs the panel, featuring: Mark Werner, MD, CPE, FACPE — Chief Medical Officer of the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virgina, and an ACPE …

J. Peter Rich, McDermott, Will & Emery to Kick Off ‘ACO Watch: A Mid-week Review’

On Tuesday, November 3oth, 2010 at 10:00, Pacific, ACO Watch: A Mid-week Review of the Market will launch with J. Peter Rich as special commentator. Not a day goes by without some reference to Accountable Care Organizations or ‘ACO’s’ in print or online media whether of the main or ‘lame stream’ variety. Throw in the …

Accountable Care Organization Vision: Is it about ‘Principles’ or ‘Principals’?

We’ve witnessed several industry stakeholders step up and issue statements of principles pertinent to the ‘OG & E’ (i.e., the organization, governance & equity) domain for Accountable Care Organizations recently. The American Medical Association (AMA), California Medical Association (CMA), and an alliance of primary care physician organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAFP), the America College of Physicians (ACP), …

Vertically integrated delivery system can be a boon or bust depending on the principles driving the process

L. Gordon Moore, MD With permission from the author I post below a long anecdote about a high functioning solo primary care practice looking to link up with a local group.  This is supposed to be the way to a future state in which primary care practices operate as the front lines of vertically integrated …

Hospitals Need To Focus On Culture In Order to Be Able to Survive in an Era of Accountable Care Organizations and Medicaid Reimbursement Rates

Kent Bottles, MD When a health system asked me to facilitate a Board discussion on physician alignment and integration on November 12, 2010, I was already committed to giving a keynote on the future of health care for the American Institute of CPAs in Las Vegas on November 11.Although I usually fly Delta or USAir …

Inaugural Program Scheduled: ACO Watch – A Mid Week Review of the Market

On November 30th, 2010 at 10:00 AM Pacific and 1:00 PM Eastern, ‘ACO Watch’ will launch a weekly round-up of action in the emerging Accountable Care Organization (ACO) ‘tsunami’. As the volume of activity builds in anticipation of the January 2012 ‘go live’ date, we will summarize, vet, and comment on the activities of the …

4 Accountable Care Challenges for CMS

Tony Miller, for HealthLeaders Media The Accountable Care Organization model presents extraordinary opportunities.  It promises to move Medicare and potentially other payers from traditional, volume-driven, inherently inefficient, and counter-productive fee-for-service financing to a value-driven, patient-centric approach to payment and care delivery.  And unlike a multitude of other reform initiatives affecting care delivery and payment, the …