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 …

ACO Onramp: Reading the Pioneer [Exit] Tea Leaves

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Whenever someone buys a stock for the most part they make a decision that weighs available public (and sometimes ‘non public’) information and concludes that the company’s value exceeds (currently or shortly will) that which is expressed in the bid/offer price points the day the purchase is executed. Yet, there …

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 …

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 …

Atul Gawande Opines on Post ACA Agenda

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH ‘The debate about whether to provide coverage for healthcare is over…’ Atul Gawande I had a front row seat for this one at the 5th Annual (and last) ‘Health Datapalooza‘, a label affectionately coined by the former ‘athenista’ though always energetic and singularly determined Todd Park, U.S. Chief Technology Officer …

‘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 …

Meet Aledade An ACO Management Company Putting Docs at the Head of The Table

By Gregg A Masters, MPH When Farzad Mostashari, MD not too long ago sported a Federal business card his principal mission was to stimulate and evangelize the adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in his capacity as the lead official for the Office of the National Coordinator for HealthIT (ONC). This important market transformational role was …

The 5th Annual ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Can’t make the annual gathering in DC? Why not follow the conference via Twitter? In years past, I registered the ACO Summit as a conference with the healthcare hashtags registrar @Symplur. While the dashboard has not been updated with current information (the program description dates back to 2012), the conference …

Former ONC Director Farzad Mostashari, MD Launches @AledadeACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On July 8th 2011 I penned a blog post titled: Waiting for ACOcor? pondering the question of whether this time will be different in the managed competition positioning dynamics we’re likely to witness post roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. Afterall, the ‘chassis’ on which to graft if not build an …