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 […]

The Droids You Are Looking For Are Not Here

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Beneath the ideological crossfire and mostly bluster of the ACA ‘repeal and replace crowd’, while the latest ‘new, new, thing‘ aka the defacto Rorschach upside of a litany of mostly vaporware or me too ‘meh‘ digital health apps, platforms or S-1 filings (see: ‘Disruptive Idiots from Silicon Valley‘) stumble into maturity amidst […]

Courtesy of our friends at AJMC: ‘5 Things to Know About Accountable Care Organizations’

by Laura Joszt This week, The American Journal of Managed Care was in Palm Harbor, Florida, hosting the fall live meeting of its ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, where stakeholders from across the healthcare industry discussed best practices. As the country moves from volume to value, accountable care organizations (ACOs) can play a key role […]

ACOs: The Results So Far (It Depends)

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH It might have been prescient but minimally it was perfect timing. While Fred Goldstein, President of Accountable Health, LLC, and me were prepping for our session to re-cap on PopHealth Week (@PopHealthWeek) some of the insights from our deep dive series into Population Health and ACOs, reporting insights from embedded executives at physician […]

The @Aetna and @Humana Marriage: Will It Be Different This Time?

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Wow! Ahead of the 4th of July weekend Mark T. Bertolini (@mtbert) and Bruce D. Broussard (@BruceDBroussard) both savvy and seasoned managed health care industry players and visionary captains at @Aetna and @Humana respectively, announced their marriage via a $35 billion, see Bloomberg story: ‘Aetna-Humana Deal to Lower Consumer Costs, […]

Three Days in Scottsdale: Unbundling the Triple Aim?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH With the simultaneous running of the 6th Annual mHealth Summit (follow #mhealth14), Population Health Alliance [PHA] Forum (follow #PHAforum) and Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI] (follow #IHI26Forum) I am reminded of the oft quoted Don Berwick, the then Administrator for CMS channeling from his tenure in healthcare both as a clinician and […]

ACO Alignment: The Holy Grail?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH So one view holds, ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’ (i.e., it’s deja vu all over again), while the present day, ‘enlightened’ [or perhaps event horizon naive] view suggests, ‘no this time, things really are/can be different’. Just enter the key enabler: [ _________ ] e.g, […]

Farzad Mostashari MD Unbundles the ‘Healthcare Borg’ at Engage

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I have been following the career of Dr. Mostshari since his tenure at ONC as Director of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. Upon learning of his launch of the startup ACO management company Aledade, we posted some thoughts here and here. Yesterday at MedCity Media’s […]

Accountable Care, mhealth and the Triple Aim

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For those of you following this blog you know I write about ACOs and the emerging accountable care zeitgeist. My lens has been forged by decades of experience in the ‘managed competition’ experiment. For an earlier piece see: ‘Some Context and Perspective on Standing Up the ACO.’  The managed competition […]

ACA, Accountable Care and the @HealthcareGov Fiasco

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH With the quiet time afforded this ‘Thanks Giving-Kah’, I feel called to express some ‘dis-ease’ with the progress towards our pursuit of the triple aim or sustainable healthcare ecosystem. As if the health reform battle hasn’t been a power partisan exchange from day one. Think again… If you weren’t paying […]