ACOs Forging the Links

By Ken Terry for HHN Magazine What hospitals need to know about accountable care; No. 1: Build strong relationships with physicians Building an accountable care organization is viewed by many hospital executives as the holy grail as they try to figure out how to better manage patient care across the continuum and as they brace …

Achieving Better Care at Lower Costs through ACOs

A Brookings Event at The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act created the Medicare Shared Savings program to implement Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), coordinated networks of providers with shared responsibility for providing better care at lower costs. Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are …

ACOs Can Work with Physicians in Charge | Study Looks at Effectiveness of a Primary Care-Led Accountable Care Organization

By Victoria Stagg Elliott, Amednews A hospital partner may not be necessary for an accountable care organization to be effective, according to a report analyzing a primary care-led ACO. Physicians increasingly are selling their practices to hospitals, which are buying in preparation for the development of ACOs and other aspects of health system reform. People …

Will Accountable Care Organizations Become ‘HMOs In Drag”?

By Patricia Salber, M.D. via ‘The Doctor Weighs In’ Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are supposed to be provider-led (physician groups +/- hospitals) and, they are supposed to inject a new accountability, at the provider level, for the value of services delivered.  You know the old equation.  VALUE=QUALITY/COST.  Those of us inside the health policy “beltway” …

Are ACO’s Good or Bad for Competition?

By Naveen aka @naveen101 Earlier this week, I sat in on a roundtable discussion of health insurance plan CEO’s from around the country. The topic jumped from Medicare Advantage bonus payments to general quality improvement, to the insurance industry’s perception by Joe Q. Public, and of course, what role health plans will end up playing in …

An ACO Watch: Mid-Week Review ‘Mea Culpa’!

The brodcast today on ACO Watch: A Mid-Week Review was a, well, d/i/s/a/s/t/e/r: Per Wikipedia: A disaster is a natural or man-made hazard that has come to fruition, resulting in an event of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life, or drastic change to the natural environment. A disaster can be …

The Importance of The Shared-Savings ACO Model

By Ron Klar Certainly no Medicare provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has generated more interest among health care providers, policy analysts, and consultants than the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) for accountable care organizations (ACOs).  Because there are so many design elements for which the Secretary of Health and Human Services must “determine”, …

More Accountable Care Organization Conference Notes: No Faux ACOs Here!

By Jaan E. Sidorov, MD, MHSA, FACP After a second and equally rewarding day at the Opal Summit, the Disease Management Care Blog has decamped from Austin Hyatt Hotel venue armed with additional Accountable Care Organization insights. In yesterday’s post, the DMCB mentioned that it discovered there already are a host of ACO-like legal organizations …

ACOs and the Shared Savings Program: Some Common Misconceptions

by Reed Tinsley, CPA Section 3022 of the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (the Act) creates the Shared Savings Program for Medicare. Under the Shared Savings Program, which is to take effect no later than Jan. 1, 2012, Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that meet certain requirements established by the Secretary of Health and Human …

How To Get Independent Physicians Into An Accountable Care Organization? Lessons Courtesy of One Large System

By Jaan E. Sidorov, MD, MHSA, FACP The folks at Advocate Physician Partners (APP) argue that they’re a national model for Accountable Care Organization (ACO) wannabes. They’re saying that because they assert that they’ve figured how to out how to “Integrate Independent Physicians.” The intrigued Disease Management Care Blog first got a close look at …