Changing the Mythology of Hospital Led Value Based Purchasing

By William De Marco Hospitals whose only product is acute care will have a difficult time managing in the post reform environment. Many hospitals have ventured into outpatient services competing with physicians. This has proven to be a mistake long term when seeking collaboration with physicians. Many hospitals do not understand how ACOs actually make […]

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! | http://t.co/3wcTj8h #aco #ACOchat AaronBazemoreAugust […]

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 […]

Summer Doldrums in ‘Taming The Beast’? Hardly!

We’ve been on somewhat of a ‘hiatus’ from the health reform, accountable care and health care enterprise organizational and market positioning conversation, yet the industry is not standing still. A few notable announcements will highlight some of the quiet if not ‘semi-stealth’ movement underway while the CMS/provider community regulatory fermentation process plays out. Congrats to […]

Vince Kuraitis: ‘Is Hospital-Physician Integration Sustainable?’

On the Wednesday May 11th 2011 broadcast, at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern, consultant, blogger, noted speaker, and soon to be published author, Vince Kuraitis is my special commentator on the always ‘tender’ subject of physician/hospital alignment. Given the current scramble to position traditionally independent, siloed or discontinuous provider relationships into a coordinated tapestry of ‘accountable care’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]