Don Berwick’s preso at 1st Accelerated Development Learning Program

On June 20th through the 22nd, 2011 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held the first of its ‘ACO Accelerated Development Learning Sessions (ADLS)’. The sessions are ‘to provide the executive leadership teams from existing or emerging ACO entities the opportunity to learn about essential ACO functions and ways to build capacity needed …

Continued Insigthts into ACO’s: 5 Key Findings

By Molly Gamble for Becker’s Hospital Review 1. Approximately 40 percent of healthcare administrators and physicians say physician-staffing alignment is the biggest challenge with accountable care organizations. A June survey based on 882 responses found 40 percent attributing delayed progress towards ACOs to alignment. After physician and staff alignment, 31.4 percent of respondents attributed the delay …

ACO Onramp or Sideline?

Listening in and tweeting about the CMS Days 1 & 2 (partial only) ‘Accelerated Learning Program’ yesterday and today, I am struck by the candor and willingness of CMS to both acknowledge & signal their intentions to work with the provider (both institutional and professional) and payor communities. As noted today by Rick Gilfillan, MD, …

CMS: Accelerated Development Learning Program June 20 & 21, 2011

Day 1: ACO Formation: Leadership and Priority Setting On Day 1, presentations and discussion will emphasize the importance of understanding patient populations, market environment and the core functions of an ACO as a starting point that will guide ACO formation and provider relationships. The plenary, case studies and team based exercises will show how data …

The 5 Imperatives of Accountable Care

By Jaan Sidorov, MD In order to manage the financial risks of being “accountable” to a population, provider organizations that want to be ACOs will have to do five things: 1) assess their assigned members’ individual risk (using health risk assessments (HRAs) and predictive modeling, 2) that then segment or stratify the population into three …

ACO’s: If You Build ‘em, Will They Come?

Even the models for health reform hate the new HHS rule. The Obama Administration is handing out waivers far and wide for its health-care bill, but behind the scenes the bureaucracy is grinding ahead writing new regulations. The latest example is the rule for Accountable Care Organizations that are supposed to be the crown jewel …

ASCO Comments on ACO Rule

By Allen S. Lichter, MD, CEO, American Society of Clinical Oncology Dear Administrator Berwick: I am pleased to submit these comments on behalf of the America Soceity of Clinical Oncology(ASCO) in response to the recent notice of proposed rulemaking regarding accountable care organizations (ACOs) and the Medicare Shared Savings program (MSSP).1 ASCO is the national organization …

Campaign for Better Care Supports ACO Proposed Rule

By Diana Manos, Senior Editor, Healthcare IT News Leaders of the Campaign for Better Care (CBC), a broad-based coalition of consumer organizations, said they will comment on the proposed ACO rule on Monday, commending the federal government for putting patients first. The ACO proposed rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services …

Of ‘…Nattering Nabobs of Negativism…’

By David Harlow There has been a significant outcry against the proposed ACO regs: everything’s wrong and nothing’s right about them, or so some would have us believe.  (The comment period is still open, and CMS is still soliciting input; much of the outcry is a form of posturing and negotiation … not that there’s anything wrong with that.) …

ACO Industry Stakeholder ‘Outrage’ | Theatrics or Substance?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Re-framed title: ‘CMS, ACO’s and ‘The Grapes of [special interests] Wrath?’ In the United States of Amnesia (“USA”), we seem to be drawn to a regular if not somewhat addictive ‘blame game’ pastime.  Watching the post ACO Notice of Proposed Rule release commentary, and subsequent update by CMS announcing the …