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 […]

Dave Chase CEO of Avado at Health Datapalooza

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the flurry of activities associated with the Health Data Forum III in Washington, DC aka (‘health datapalooza‘) I managed to corral  Dave Chase aka @ChaseDave in the Exhibition Hall at the DC Convention Center following his presentation at the ACO breakout session. Amidst the background noise, we hear from […]

Atul Gawande at Health Data Palooza Session on ACOs: A Keynote

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Since he authored ‘The [healthcare] Cost Conundrum‘ piece some three years ago, positing the question of who will emerge as the ‘anchor tenant’ business model in healthcare, I’ve been ‘waving’ at Atul Gawande via social media including Twitter and blog. When I saw that he was faciliating a breakout session […]

Recovering from DC Health Data and Innovation Week

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Whoa! What a week in DC. The events stacked back to back were fast, furious and content rich. I previewed the week here. There is much to report, including my upcoming on ‘This Week in Accountable Care‘ interview with JD Kleinke, pioneering health care information entrepreneur, medical economist, author, and […]

Towards a Framework of an ACO (Accountable Care) and Meaningful Use Crosswalk

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Lets begin with the core observation that both ACOs (or more broadly cast and therefore agile accountable care undertakings) and the Meaningful Use program are for the most part children of statute with intent to impact a less than optimal if not failing health care delivery and financing paradigm. The […]

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 […]

A Gentle Appeal to Healthcare Social Media Thought Leadership

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH It takes courage to live a life of consistent integrity. Owning the occasional ‘wreckage of one’s presence’ (you know when things don’t go your way or as planned) can at times be an emotional and intellectual stretch. After all, we do live in a society that often embraces the transfer […]

IPA + HIT (aka technology stack) x MSO = ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For those not familiar with the ever expanding ‘acronym soup’ we often take for granted inside the healthcare borg: I/P/A = Independent Practice Association | H/I/T = Health Information Technology | M/S/O = Management Services Organization Judging by the ‘anemic’ numbers specific to CMS forecasts for participants in the broad […]

DC Health Innovation Week: A ‘Triple Aim’ Love In or More Silo’s In the Making?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As we trudge forward into various iterations of what and how ‘accountable care’ strategies can be sensibly configured and locally seeded for Medicare, Medicaid as well as commercial markets, attention is often focused on the ‘necessary’ but ‘not sufficient’ contribution(s) from health information technology (HIT). It is rare that a […]

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 […]