‘ObamaCare’ Lives: Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your ACO and HIE Engines

By David Harlow, Esq. Much has been written and said about the effect of the election on the implementation of federal health reform initiatives. The commentariat, including the blogerati and twitterati wings, have focused on the budget battles of the future to come from Capitol Hill, the flurry of regulations to come from HHS, and …

Smart Money, ACOs and Risk Savvy Medical Managers

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH I’ve been pondering the ‘where is the ACO smart money’ question for a while as in its answer lies greater clarity than the current high ‘noise to signal’ ratio experienced by many. Since we witness a range of opinion on whether the healthcare industry can self correct via proactive conscious …

If the ACO Idea Fails, What’s Next?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the sea of collective opinion via both pundit and ‘boots on the ground do’ers’ reported in trade group, popular and growing insights proffered via social media, one of the narratives centers on can ACOs really make a difference? In other words, is meaningful reform of the failing volume driven …

3rd National ACO Congress Video Mashup

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH For a taste of the proceedings, check out the video mashup below: Overview of the ACO Congress Since the Second National Accountable Care Organization Congress in November 2011, the ACO trend has demonstrated great momentum. As of June 2012, there are more than 200 ACOs identified in the U.S., a …

Bricks and Sticks or Vision and Values? Building the ACO

By Jim Frederick, Senior Editor/Pharmacy, Drug Store News New, holistic models for integrated, patient-centered care are emerging from the fog of health reform almost as fast as you can say “accountable care organization.” But pharmacy and retail clinic operators aren’t waiting for ACOs to fully ripen; they’re forging new alliances with hospital-based health systems and …

Transformational Potential of Medicare ACOs – Part 1

Dr. David Ballard, Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President at the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, TX and Executive Director of its Institute for Health Care Research and Improvement, introduces a series of articles appearing in the August 2012 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings where he shares a 3-part interview with 3 leading …

William J. DeMarco on Provider Contracting, ACOs, Value Based Purchasing, and Practice Acquisition

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Courtesy of Clive Riddle and MCOL aka @M_C_O_L, author, consultant and long term managed care industry verteran reflects on the ACO environment, unbundles and expounds on the range of entrants in the ACO space and reports on the status of the playing field as of the May 2012 data point. …

ACOs in the ‘Good Ole US of A’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH David Blumenthal, M.D., MPP, Former National Coordinator (2009-2011) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and seasoned health policy wonk opines on ACOs. Further details and balance of Dr. Blumenthal’s credentials below: In this video, Dr David Blumenthal, Samuel O. Thier Professor of Medicine and Professor of Health …

J.D. Kleinke Makes It Perfectly Clear!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Amidst the relentless noise, fear mongering, hand wringing and incessant misrepresentation of both the legislative history as well as decades of development of sensible health policy context for competing models of managed competition or healthcare market reform, J.D. Kleinke in a recent New York Times Opinion piece titled ‘The Conservative …

I’m Absolutely Bullish on the Future of Healthcare!

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In the walk and perhaps some instances trot towards forming and launching an ACO you have prominent voices on both sides of the debate. The bearish camp is perhaps best represented by the likes Jeff Goldsmith in ‘Can Accountable-Care Organizations Improve Health Care While Reducing Costs?’ or Virgina Herzlinger in …