CMS Conference Call Digest & Reaction

By Gregg Masters, MPH Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 CMS held an informative conference call, on the new “Bundled Payments for Care Improvement” Initiative, click here for summary and replay instructions. For those who missed, this is a ‘Tweet Digest’ of some of the salient observations, thoughts and re-tweets. RT @2healthguru: CMS Bundled Payment Conference Call Now! | #aco #ACOchat AaronBazemoreAugust […]

‘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 […]

Core ACO Health Information Infrastructure: Analytics

By John W. Loonsk, Chief Medical Officer, CGI The Accountable Care Organization draft rule is out, and the political, clinical and technical trek to establishing these lynchpins of the Affordable Care Act and health reform is on. Community physicians and hospitals are jockeying for potential shares of the incentives that will be distributed via the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Day 2: Acquiring Core Competencies for ACO Success

8:00 – 8:15 Welcome to Day 2 – and Day 1 Summary  8:15 – 9:00 Remarks by CMS Leadership Don Berwick, MD, MPP, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Rick Gilfillan, MD, Acting Director, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, CMS 9:00 – 10:30 Overview of Core Competencies Essential to ACO Success Overview of Competencies Related […]