The Medicare Shared Savings Program: Class of 2015

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH The clock is ticking and the CMS continues its community outreach via their series of National Provider Calls on the application process for ACOs interested in submitting for the Medicare Shared Savings Program. The deadline for the class of 2015 is approaching with the next call scheduled for Tuesday, April …

123 ACOs Join the Shared Savings Dance Card

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH CMS has announced another round of certified ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program effective for January 1, 2014. The complete list is available here. One observation I’ll make is Universal American (UAM) seems to remain active in building a national footprint of managed ACO collaborations. Their risk sharing …

From FutureMed to ACO Congress and Health Insurance Exchange West Summits

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Today I drove north some 150 miles or so from San Diego to the Century City Plaza Hotel complex in Los Angeles on the suitably named ‘avenue of the stars’ adjacent to the Fox entertainment empire. The Sunday session at FutureMed hosted at the Hotel Del Coronado was infectious and …

ACO’s as Sinkhole Medicine? Nah…

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As the battle for the accountable care narrative grinds on both in the media and the respective P&Ls of participant ACOs, a recent article in Healthcare Finance News titled: Accountable care organizations: cost-effective solutions or financial sinkholes? is noteworthy.  At first I chuckled, then thought, more headline ‘eye porn’ or is …

An ACO ‘Shell Game?’ Of Arrows, Pioneers & Patsies’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In ‘Pioneers Take Arrows While Settlers’ Get the Land’ I reported in a ‘just the facts ma’am’ fashion the developing narrative as proferred by Modern Healthcare, CMS, and the AMGA as to whether this was to be seen as good news or bad news. Recently the witty industry veteran and …

The ACO Innovation Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the few ACO gatherings I’ve missed since the birth of the industry (and there have been quite a few since there are ‘experts’ everywhere), but the line-up NEHI put together is well worth a look. Both Steven Shortell and Molly Coye are definitely change agents on the front …

The ACO Narrative: ‘Accountable Care 2.0 is a Journey, Not a Program’ or ‘ObamaCare is Toast’?

Earlier today we spoke with Dr Jerry Penso, Chief Medical and Quality Officer for the American Medical Group Management Association (AMGA), and Jim Hansen, Vice President at the Accountable Delivery Systems Institute (ADSI) a unit of Lumeris. To listen to the broadcast click on the ‘This Week in Accountable Care’ graphic below: The context for …

‘Pioneers Take Arrows While Settlers’ Get the Land?’

At the ACO Summit in Washington DC in June 2012 Elliott Fisher, MD arguably one of the admitted father’s of the ACO movement opined perhaps prophetically from a panel including Mark McClellan, MD and former Health Affairs Editor, now RWJF Senior Health Policy Advisor Susan Dentzer the above wisdom. Today, CMS via the Center for Medicare …

The 4th National ACO Summit

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Following two days of the Bundled Payment and Healthcare Innovation Summits, Wednesday June 11th kicks off the pre-conference sessions for the 4th National ACO Summit. The program is packed with health policy wonks, clinicians on the leading if not bleeding edge of the movement, as well as consultants, lawyers and …

Busy Week in DC

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Last week it was xx in health, followed by the Health Datapalooza and winding down at Medcity News Engage: Unlocking Patient Engagement Through Innovation where I moderated the panel: ‘Patient Engagement in An ACO World‘: This week it’s back to back sessions beginning Monday, June 10th at the National Bundled …