From FutureMed to ACO Congress and Health Insurance Exchange West Summits

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Today I drove north some 150 miles or so from San Diego to the Century City Plaza Hotel complex in Los Angeles on the suitably named ‘avenue of the stars’ adjacent to the Fox entertainment empire. The Sunday session at FutureMed hosted at the Hotel Del Coronado was infectious and […]

The Merck Heritage Provider Network Innovation Challenge Posts a $240,000 Purse

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I received the following heads-up via email from former Senior Adviser to CTO Todd Park, now Health IT & Data Partnerships, Business Development, and Strategy at @Merck Aman Bhandari aka @GHIdeas on Sunday morning and wanted to make the challenge known to the innovation community especially those in hacking away at […]

ACOs ‘In the News’

Gregg A. Masters, MPH As the drip, drip, drip of the reported collateral fallout – both perceived and actual – of the stalemated resolution of the Federal shutdown makes it way into the American psyche we’re also seeing reports from the front on the success, indifference or failure of the ‘ACO vision’ to successfully pivot […]

ACO’s as Sinkhole Medicine? Nah…

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As the battle for the accountable care narrative grinds on both in the media and the respective P&Ls of participant ACOs, a recent article in Healthcare Finance News titled: Accountable care organizations: cost-effective solutions or financial sinkholes? is noteworthy.  At first I chuckled, then thought, more headline ‘eye porn’ or is […]

Leavitt Partners on ACO Growth and Dispersion: An Update

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per Leavitt Partners: A ‘Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update.’ The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence releases new white paper entitled “Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: August 2013 Update”Growth and Dispersion of ACOs August 2013. Salt Lake City, August 15, 2013 — […]

Accountable Care, ACOs and the ‘New OS’: An Emerging Zeitgeist?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH …or might the movement just be the very oxygen essential to achieve the triple aim? We’ll get one man’s take on the Wednesday July 24th 2013 broadcast at 12 noon Pacific/3PM Eastern when my special guest is thought leader, deep thinker and advocate for patient centric healthcare Leonard Kish, aka […]

The ACO Narrative: ‘Accountable Care 2.0 is a Journey, Not a Program’ or ‘ObamaCare is Toast’?

Earlier today we spoke with Dr Jerry Penso, Chief Medical and Quality Officer for the American Medical Group Management Association (AMGA), and Jim Hansen, Vice President at the Accountable Delivery Systems Institute (ADSI) a unit of Lumeris. To listen to the broadcast click on the ‘This Week in Accountable Care’ graphic below: The context for […]

4th National ACO Summit: Some Contextual Reflection

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH When ‘Acting Administrator’ of CMS Don Berwick gleefully announced the final rule guiding the development and Federal certification of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) on October 20th, 2011, he thereby officially unleashed the power of the largest single payer for healthcare services in the United States to simultaneously govern while informing […]

Day 2 4th National ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Year four for the annual DC gathering of the best and brightest minds in the ACO space, convened yesterday in pre-conference sessions at the Hyatt Regency, DC. Day 2 kicks off with a keynote by Senator Ron Wyden @RonWyden, followed by a power packed tour de force of ACO operatives: […]

The 4th National ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Following two days of the Bundled Payment and Healthcare Innovation Summits, Wednesday June 11th kicks off the pre-conference sessions for the 4th National ACO Summit. The program is packed with health policy wonks, clinicians on the leading if not bleeding edge of the movement, as well as consultants, lawyers and […]