ACO and Medicare Shared Savings CMS Listening Session | Region 10

CMS in its continuing commitment to be present and engage healthcare stakeholder voices in the complex challenge to re-engineer the complex and somewhat change resistant ‘healthcare borg’ (disclosure: editors words, not CMS) will hold another listening session on Thursday, April 28, 2011 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM (PT). To register for the event via […]

Fairy Tales, ACOs and More with Michael L. Millenson

Michael L. Millenson, President of Health Quality Advisors LLC, joins me on ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review, on April 28th, 2011 at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern. Millenson channels sentiments of the ‘bearish camp’ on ACO viability recently via a piece he authored titled “ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment‘. A portion of which […]

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 […]

Specialists and ACOs: Play or Circle the Wagons’?

By Leigh Page for Becker’s Hospital Review As hospitals and large multispecialty group practices gear up for accountable care organizations, procedure-oriented specialists are still trying to figure out their role in them. “Specialists are not taking the lead in the formation of ACOs,” says Aric Sharp, CEO of the Quincy (Ill.) Medical Group, a 130-provider multi-specialty […]

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 Watch: A Mid-Week Review with Sheryl Skolnick, Ph.D.

On the Thursday, April 7th broadcast, at 11AM Pacific and 2PM Eastern, my special guest commentator is health care industry analyst, Sheryl Skolnick, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of CRT Capital Group, LLC, a Stamford, Connecticut based institutional brokerage. Dr. Skolnick recently published a report titled: ‘First Glance at Proposed Medicare ACO Rule: We Must Be […]

The ACO Proposed Rule: A [Skeptical] View From ‘The Street’

By Sheryl R. Skolnick, Ph.D, and Nick Leventis A first glance at proposed Medicare ACO Rule:  What are we missing? One of the most eagerly awaited proposed regulations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as amended (health reform), has been the rule that would define and regulate Accountable Care Organizations, i.e., patient-centered […]

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 […]

IPAs Again

By Jeffrey L. Cohen Independent practice associations (“IPAs”) are gaining momentum in response to healthcare reform and market changes responding to healthcare reform.  In an era when consultants are selling one-size-fits-all solutions, physicians have to consider IPAs as a viable option once again, but they have to fine tune their expectation to recent changes. In […]