‘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 […]

CMS Conference Call on the new ‘Bundled Payments for Care Improvement’ Initiative [Re-play]

August 23rd, 2011 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation today announced the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative to help improve care for patients while they are in the hospital and after they are discharged. Doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers can now apply to participate in this new program that will […]

Might There Be ‘Elephants In The Room’?

By Jeff Cohen ACOs and other new acronyms have swamped the minds of physicians and healthcare business people alike since the terms were coined.  The still new healthcare reform law continues to worry many and challenge others to figure out ways to play the game and win.  While we scurry around chasing the regs and […]

Summer Doldrums in ‘Taming The Beast’? Hardly!

We’ve been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ from the health reform, accountable care and health care enterprise organizational and market positioning conversation, yet the industry is not standing still. A few notable announcements will highlight some of the quiet if not ‘semi-stealth’ movement underway while the CMS/provider community regulatory fermentation process plays out. Congrats to […]

Didn’t Take Long! Meet Essence Group Holdings Corporation an ‘ACO/PPMC 2.0′

Not long after the post ‘Waiting on ACOcor‘ did I learn of the company Essence Group Holdings Corporation via a Tweet on Thursday, July 2oth, 2011 by @KHNews: Leading Venture Capitalists Place A Bet On #ACOs including EGHC One of the ‘leading VC’s’ referenced in this case happens to include ‘In Search of the Next Big Idea’, Kleiner […]

Waiting for ‘ACOcor?’

Some of you with an event horizon a tad longer than the recent focus on social media, web 2.0 or health 2.0 energizing innovation in healthcare may recall the by-gone era of physician practice management companies, aka ‘PPMCs.’ The PPMC industry witnessed roughly a 10+ year run (circa 1990s – 2000s) with cheerleaders on Wall […]

CMS: Pioneer ACO Special Open Door Forum Conference Call

Moderator: Barbara Cebuhar, June 7, 2011, 12:00PM, Eastern Time Operator: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, my name is (Shawn) and I will be your conference operator today.  At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Pioneer ACO Special Open Door Forum Conference Call.  All lines have been placed on mute to prevent […]

Clearer Thinking on ACOs and Healthcare Delivery Polarization

By Gunter Wessels, Partner, TIGI Delivering advisory services to healthcare organizations across the vertical in the US and internationally has focused our analysis of the proposed ACO rule in a bit of a different way. We’re looking at the practical commercialization implications of an array of potential and likely outcomes of ACO-based healthcare delivery transformation. […]

2nd Annual National Accountable Care Organization Summit

Remarks as prepared for delivery by Secretary Sebelius on June 27th, 2011, Washington, DC. Thank you, Mark, for that kind introduction.  Few people have done as much to improve America’s health and health care as Mark has over the last decade.  Every day, we build on the foundation he left at CMS.  And I’m especially grateful […]

ACO Summit AM Roundup

We always feel a tad behind the power curve here on the West coast when events begin in the ‘ET’ AM zone circa, in Todd Park’s vernacular, ‘…..at 0 dark hundred.’ Such is the case for the 2nd National ACO Summit which has convened in Washington DC today with many of the names we’ve come […]