The Medicare Shared (ACO) Savings Program – A Tale of Transition

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In pursuit of the no longer optional ‘triple aim‘ and as once suggested by industry innovator Richard Merkin, MD the founder and CEO of Heritage Provider Network, the ‘gold’ in the ACA may be the programs and outreach of the CMMI. But we’re not obsessed with acronym’s in healthcare, right? So …

Vetting the ACA’s Impact on Health Insurance Operators

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH In contrast to the comprehensive ‘go live’ implementation of ‘RomeyCare’ in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the phased (and some would say diluted if not ‘fatally’ compromised) implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been muted via a staggered on-boarding schedule of its various component parts and further selectively waived …

Population Health, Social Determinants & the ‘All Hands on Deck’ Race to Matter

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH Population Health Alliance (PHA) Executive Director and current Board Chair Fred Goldstein and I just finished chatting with Rain Henderson, the CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) a project of the Clinton Global Foundation. Rain covered quite a bit of ground from the mission of the Foundation to it’s …

The State of Accountable Care: Evidence to Date and Next Steps

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH So I registered for the webcast version of this Brookings event titled: ‘The State of Accountable Care: Evidence to Date and Next Steps‘ which noted at 9AM start time. My assumption was Pacific time, so when I dialed in (really logged onto twitter to monitor the webcast hashtag #ACOfuture), the …

Your Comment is in Moderation: ‘Why ACO Savings Aren’t About Location.’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’re having an interesting exchange over at The Healthcare Blog where Health Care Policy Lead at Aledade, Inc. Travis Broome posted a piece titled: ‘Why ACO Savings Aren’t About Location.’ I chimed in with some ‘contextually pro’ ACO thoughts with some significant push back by industry veteran, author, consultant, economist and …

Changing the Mythology of Hospital Led Value Based Purchasing

By William De Marco Hospitals whose only product is acute care will have a difficult time managing in the post reform environment. Many hospitals have ventured into outpatient services competing with physicians. This has proven to be a mistake long term when seeking collaboration with physicians. Many hospitals do not understand how ACOs actually make …

Tom Scully Tutorial & Diagnosis of Medicare Program

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH An excellent ‘tutorial’ of sorts on the Medicare program is provided by Tom Scully, former Bush era (2001-2004) administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, who opines on the Medicare and Medicaid Acts of 1965. He discusses President Lyndon Bain Johnson’s vision of the bill and looks at …

Meet Redwood Community Care Coalition: A Health Center Nested ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Wrapped in the ‘population health’ angle but clearly a unique play in the ACO space – at least from the participation point of view of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), former CEO Steve Ramsland (a 10% allocated FTE) addresses the audience about their market, approach to ACOs and the deployed healthIT …

‘Fear and Trembling’ or Simply ‘Lonely in’ Seattle?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The old is new again… I’ve been writing and tweeting about this theme for some time now. It was aptly offered as contextual insight via Nicole Bradberry of MZI Healthcare /Orange Solutions and CEO of the Florida Association of ACOs. Many have similarly echoed this ‘deja vu’ theme when discussing the roll-out …

Catching Up with Farzad Mostashari, MD: An Aledade Preview at HiMSS 2014?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The HealthInnovation Media footprint was again on the ground at Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2014 in Orlando, Florida. One of the privileges I enjoy as producer and creator of all digital content generated is I get to tag interesting people to put in front of the camera including …