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. …

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 …

World Congress Leadership Summit on ACO’s: A Recap

By Gary Baldwin, Health Data Management Blogs I spent two days last week at the World Congress Leadership Summit on Accountable Care Organizations and my mind is just now recovering. As far as speaker quality goes, this conference (which offered concurrent tracks on ICD-10 and Meaningful Use) was top-notch, with dozens of speakers from hospitals, …

Editor’s Note on #ACOchat

We missed our #ACOchat today due to other commitments and a full schedule. Our intention is for the ‘TweetChat to run on a weekly basis, with Tuesday at 3PM Eastern/12 Noon Pacific time as the preferred slot on the calendar. Though until we reach some community consensus or affirmation of the day, and time chosen, can …

First ACOchat ‘In The Can’

On Tuesday, April 27th, with the able support and leadership of Mark Browne, MD, aka @consultdoc we experienced the first TweetChat focused on the Accountable Care Organization niche. Many of our community members joined in and created a rich conversational stream around the three topics (T1, T2 & T3) generated for the moderated conversation, which …

ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review with Michael L. Millenson

On the Thursday, April 28th 2011 program at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern, my guest commentator for an encore appearance is thought leader, author, blogger, lecturer and consultant on health care quality Michael L. Millenson. We’ll discuss his piece: ‘ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment‘ and more. Millenson is president of Health Quality Advisors …

Bridging the Quality vs. Quantity Divide in Healthcare

By David Nace, MD Experts point to rising healthcare costs as a symptom of overuse, underuse and misuse of care delivery services. With the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set a goal of changing the model for payment for care from the fee-for-service model, which rewards …

Premier: Proposed Regulations for Accountable Care Organizations

Earlier today, April 8th, 2011, I listened in on a Premier Alliance webinar on ACOs. The content was well organized and presented. Only twice did I notice drifting into the ‘mego’ (my eyes glaze over) state, which is not bad considering the complexity of the proposed rule on ACO’s and related ‘Agency (DoJ/FTC/IRS) additions.’ First …

ACO Roundtable | On ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review

On Friday April 1st, 2011 (yes, ‘April Fools day’) at 4PM Eastern and 1PM Pacific ACO Watch: A Mid Week Review will host a special roundtable series on the ‘hot of the press’ Notice of Proposed Rule pertaining to the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations. For the published rule, click here. Our roundtable team will …

They’re Here!

After 6 or so months of waiting for guidance on the implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finally released the first round of the ‘notice of proposed rule making’ via: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services | 42 CFR Part 425 [CMS-1345-P] RIN 0938-AQ22 | Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings …