DC Health Innovation Week: A ‘Triple Aim’ Love In or More Silo’s In the Making?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As we trudge forward into various iterations of what and how ‘accountable care’ strategies can be sensibly configured and locally seeded for Medicare, Medicaid as well as commercial markets, attention is often focused on the ‘necessary’ but ‘not sufficient’ contribution(s) from health information technology (HIT). It is rare that a …

Health Reform Readiness Infographic

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We all love infographics, right? This one caught my eye today. Kind of a clever snapshot of the crap shoot we’re in relative to the legal and political uncertainty festering in the US today. The original graphic is courtesy of @HITconsultant via his blog here. Whether this captures the essence …

ACO Deep Dive Session at this Year’s Health Datapalooza

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH This just in from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and HDI Forum III: The CMS Innovation Center is helping plan one session of this two-day event. An ACO “deep dive” will demonstrate how Accountable Care Organizations can make effective use of claims data through innovative software services and …

Aetna teams with Hoag Orthopedic on bundled payment initiative

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Leveraging up from the Integrated Healthcare Association’s (IHA) work (and others) in the bundled payment domain, @Aetna announced yesterday that in association with partner health information technology vendor @McKesson_HIT, their work with Hoag Orthopedic Hospital (aka @HoagOrthopedic) in Newport Beach, California. Bundled payment a child of the DRG payment system and long …

Accountable Care and HiMSS 2012

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On the Wednesday, February 15th 2012 broadcast at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern, my special guest on the HIMSS 2012 Countdown Series was Vince Kuraitis,  aka @VinceKuraitis, publisher of the ‘e-care Management blog.We spoke on the connection between ‘HIT Platforms and accountable care.’ We’re one week out from the HIMSS 2012 conference …

CLOUD (Consortium for Local Ownership and Use of Data) Inc CEO on ‘N of 1 Accountable Care’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On the Friday, February 10th, 2012 broadcast of ‘This Week in Accountable Care’ I had the pleasure of chatting with Gary Lee Thompson, aka @GaryLeeThompson, and @CLOUDhealth on Twitter. As the second installment in our HIMSS 2012 countdown to Las Vegas, we spent some time getting to know Gary, understanding …

Tweet Transcript of Commonwealth Fund ACO Formation: Leading the Transition to New Models of Care

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH TweetReach for #ACOchat – Demonstrating the ‘digital footprint’ of a real time healthcare focused social media ‘conversation…. Reached 20,760 peeps via the last 50 tweets….Exposure: 180,892 Impressions Tweet Types Each pie slice shows how many people saw how many tweets and the impressions generated via the 8 Tweeps participating below…. for real time …

Platforms, Accountable Care and Results

By Vince Kuraitis What do Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google have in common? Eric Schmidt, Chairman (and former President) of Google, coined the term “Gang of Four” in referring to the similar platform/application technical architecture and business models of these companies. In the case of Apple iOS and Google Android OS, much of the value is created by …

HHS/CMS ‘Fact Sheets’ Per PR Issued Today on HealthCare.gov

EDITOR’S NOTE! Re: The press release ‘fact sheet’ for the ACO and Medicare Shared Savings Programs provisions as codified in today’s FINAL RULE, is published in it’s entirety below: People with Medicare will be able to benefit from a new program designed to encourage primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other care providers to coordinate …

ACO reimbursement, bundled payments, clinical quality measures and public profiles will be based on ICD-10 data

By Lynne Thomas Gordon Healthcare leaders are juggling multiple pressures, including the consistent delivery of high-quality patient care, evaluation and development of accountable care organizations, the careful management of sensitive patient data, achieving meaningful-use criteria, making the most efficient use of the newest technology and stretching revenue to maintain end-to-end coverage of their bottom lines. …