Wednesday Update

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I just finished listening to a webinar led by Justin T. Barnes, VP at Greenway Medical Technologies, aka @HITadvisor. While a blend of strategic and granular takeaways from the final ACO rule, the webinar provided a useful overview of the broader implications of health reform and innovation both from the …

ACO’s Surface at CES 2012 via Comments from United HealthGroup’s Reed Tuckson, MD

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Powerful comments, insights and commentary by a visionary leader at United HealthGroup offered at the Digital Health Summit at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. While Dr. Tuckson spoke of ‘population management’ and an ‘all in’ commitment to ultimately tame and redesign a delivery and finance system that works, the gist …

ACOs and #OccupyHealthcare: Connecting the Dots

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Can you feel it? “There is a great disturbance in the Force” | Emperor Palpatine in The Empire Strikes Back At least two macros have placed this convergence experience in motion: the March 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, et sequelae (i.e., the final rule on ACOs and the Medicare …

Wal*Mart: RFI ‘Overwritten and Incorrect’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Whoa! Not 24 hours after the Request for Information (RFI) issued by WalMart Health and Wellness directed to it’s ‘strategic partner’ downline hit the street, I mean was leaked to the press, WalMart’s senior management felt compelled to promptly backdown from it’s rational, comprehensive, timely and sensible approach to make …

#occupyhealthcare: Hype or Hope?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Sunday, November 6th 2011 may mark a tipping point in the weak-tied and ‘talk is cheap‘ happy talk often characteristic of episodic and even planned healthcare social media conversations. While a dedicated and passionate community mostly focused on learning, defining, sharing best practices and what constitutes the ‘meaningful use’ of …

Bundled Payment? Not So Fast!

From Boston.com’s ‘White Coat Notes’: By Liz Kowalczyk A new survey from the Massachusetts Medical Society reveals interesting divisions among doctors over plans to hold down health care spending — and perhaps some words of warning for lawmakers. More than half — 58 percent — of the 1,100 doctors who responded to the society’s survey …

ACO Accelerated Development Learning Session

Sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation & Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services On November 17-18, 2011, CMS is hosting its final “accelerated development learning session” (ADLS) to educate executives about ways to organize and administer ‘Accountable Care Organizations. The session will be held at CMS headquarters in Baltimore, MD. For more …

Follow The Money?

By Jeffrey L. Cohen Conversation regarding ACOs and even healthcare reform itself is misplaced. The well established facts are (1) more people will receive health care, and (2) the cost of healthcare will come down. It does not matter whether the stimulus is a new law or just marketplace reaction. The fact is that a …

CMS Conference Call Digest & Reaction

By Gregg Masters, MPH Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 CMS held an informative conference call, on the new “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” Initiative, click here for summary and replay instructions. For those who missed, this is a ‘Tweet Digest’ of some of the salient observations, thoughts and re-tweets. RT @2healthguru: CMS Bundled Payment Conference Call Now! | http://t.co/3wcTj8h #aco #ACOchat AaronBazemoreAugust …

‘New’ CMS Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative: 6 Preliminary Take-aways

By Vince Kuraitis This afternoon (August 23rd, 2011)  CMS announced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative (BPCII). For details, start reading here. Here are six quick first impressions: 1. It’s very creative and innovative. CMS has demonstrated out-of-the-box thinking and leaves a lot of room for applicants to propose their own approaches. Expect to …