Care Innovation Summit: A Very Sober Assessment!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This session is well worth the time invested. Two veteran healthcare wonks weigh in on the fundamentals of healthcare transformation and where we stand in the glide-path towards sustainability or fulfillment of the ‘triple aim’. Former CMS Administrator and healthcare attorney turned investor Tom Scully (Bush I Administration, see Wikipedia profile) …

Care Management: A Deeper Dive

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Earlier I was asked by Lumeris to moderate a webinar on Care Management featuring Deborah Robin, MD, MHCM Medical Director and Eric Mueller, JD, MBA, Director, Product Management. This session is an exploration into the importance and key components of Care Management. In an earlier post, Dr. Robin notes: In …

Universal American: A Sign of Things to Come?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per the recent investor call [to listen via archive replay click (and register) here] the theme was perhaps best set via the following comment: We just want to stop the bleeding… Robert Waegelein When CMS issued the final rule for ACOs one of the first enterprising companies out of the gate …

2nd Annual Leadership Summit on Integrated Delivery Systems

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Is the ‘old new again’? Some would say absolutely! However, there is a twist. May 7th and 8th 2014 the World Healthcare Congress (agenda here) convenes the 2nd in their leadership summit series on ‘integrated delivery systems’, alternately known as ‘IDN’s (integrated delivery networks) at the Hilton Resort on Mission …

Accountable Care Round Up

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the ongoing challenges in ‘new media’ is to effectively discern the content ‘signal to noise’ ratio given the ease of publishing these days. Everyone is a potential publisher and not all curation is of equal value nor newsworthy per se. As heard at a Health 2.0 meeting some …

My Chat with Nicole Bradberry

On the anniversary of the launch of the Florida Association of ACOs and the vital role of MSOs in supporting the operations of disruptive business models chasing the sustainable healthcare ecosystem I had a round two conversation with Nicole Bradberry, President and Chief Operating Officer of Orange Health Solutions and CEO of the Florida Association …

The Medicare Shared Savings Program: Class of 2015

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The clock is ticking and the CMS continues its community outreach via their series of National Provider Calls on the application process for ACOs interested in submitting for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The deadline for the class of 2015 is approaching with the next call scheduled for Tuesday, April …

An ACO ‘Deck-o-Topia’ at HiMSS14

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This is the fourth year in  row that I have participated in the largest annual gathering of parties in interest to the health informatics ecosystem. From payor to provider to regulator to vendor to the patient and/or consumer of healthcare services, there is always much flare to consider, discard or assimilate.  …

Patient Engagement in an ACO World

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Last June I had the honor or moderating a panel on ‘unlocking innovation in patient engagement’ in an ACO World at MedCity News’s ENGAGE conference. Joining me on the panel are: Libby Webb, Director, Product Management, Athenahealth, Lanie W. Abbott, APR, Senior Communications & Outreach Coordinator, EMHS Population Health Management …

More than Half of ACOs ‘Save Money’ Only 1/4 Bonus Providers

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the narrative matters department and following CMS’s press release on January 30th, 2014 of the ‘interim financial results for select Medicare Accountable Care Organization (ACO) initiatives, an in-depth savings analysis for Pioneer ACOs, results from the Physician Group Practice demonstration, and expanded participation in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement …