Value Based Care: what we can learn from those who succeeded (and failed) in Year 1 of the Medicare Shared Savings Program?

By Randall Williams, MD* “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — Albert Einstein If you want to lead your organization to success with value based care, I’d like to help you avoid the mistake of committing organizational insanity. As I’ve written before, all value […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Accountable Care, mhealth and the Triple Aim

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For those of you following this blog you know I write about ACOs and the emerging accountable care zeitgeist. My lens has been forged by decades of experience in the ‘managed competition’ experiment. For an earlier piece see: ‘Some Context and Perspective on Standing Up the ACO.’  The managed competition […]

So What’s with the [ACO] Bundled Payment Thing?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH It’s interesting to note the more ‘things change’, the more they ‘[seem] to stay the same?’ Let me explain…. In a recent observation by Rob Lazerow featured in the post ‘How Are ACOs Doing‘ the Advisory Board Senior Consultant dubs 2013 as the ‘year of accountable care’. He then goes […]

HiMSS 2013 Accountable Care Organization RoundUp: Monday March 3rd

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’re only 8 days out from the HiMSS bash in the ‘big easy’ aka ‘NOLA’. We’ve been so engaged in planning the Health Innovation Broadcast Consortium aka @HIBCtv coverage it’s been a challenge to stay on top and share the more worthwhile developments in the ACO space. So lets detail some […]

JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2013

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’re here in the ‘city by the bay’ for the 31st annual assembly of biotech and pharma peeps and the money they seek from the venture capital world. Not exactly my tribe, but my interest was sparked by the generous ‘non profit track’ with many nameplate integrated delivery systems in […]

Big Data, Little Information, and the ACO Big Picture

By Michael Planchart, Perficient, Inc. The Journey of a thousand miles towards an ACO begins with one step. Healthcare organizations are coming to realize that the programs stimulated by the ARRA – HITECH Act, Meaningful Use (MU) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), require something that they don’t have in sufficient quantities, the desired type or in […]

Dave Chase CEO of Avado at Health Datapalooza

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the flurry of activities associated with the Health Data Forum III in Washington, DC aka (‘health datapalooza‘) I managed to corral  Dave Chase aka @ChaseDave in the Exhibition Hall at the DC Convention Center following his presentation at the ACO breakout session. Amidst the background noise, we hear from […]

Today on MU Live Radio: ACOs & Meaningful Use Connecting the Dots

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH ACOs, Meaningful Use (aka MU), the persistent ‘whitewater’ of health reform and the quest for the elusive ‘triple aim’ will be at the center of our chat today on Meaningful Use: MU Live Radio. MU Live! is a 30 minute internet talk radio show hosted by our HITECH Answers experts. Our session […]