A Bold Prediction by Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH News flash! we’re at 25 hours and counting for SCOTUS opinions on the trilogy of decisions they are set to rule on if the opinions are to book in this calendar year of the Court. The following Tweet by @JoshGray_DC of the Advisory Board aka @TheAdvisoryBD caught my attention this morning: …

SCOTUS and the ACA: Reflections on the Judgements of the Court

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On a special edition of ‘This Week in Accountable Care‘ we’re hosting a post ‘SCOTUS’ (Supreme Court of the United States) reflections session to consider the implications of their rulings. We’re somewhat ‘on call’ in the scheduling department but SCOTUS must announce their opinion on Thursday, June 28th shortly after …

Un-bundling ‘the Act’: More Facts Amidst the Noise, Misinformation and Dumbed Down ‘Anger’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH It is past time to stand for clarity in the consideration process of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aka ‘the Act.’ Even this far down the line, the benefits of the Act remain elusive to many both in and outside of the Beltway and the very limited attention …

And ‘the Act’ is…

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Per the SCOTUS blog: Amy Howe: “We do not expect any additional opinions today, so NO health care today. Few laws have and continue to stir up such emotion, political spin and both authentic and misinformed interest. Perhaps the mood [for some of us] is best captured in the following …

Un-bundling the Act: Provisions for ACOs

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We heard a lot about the rough life of Federal legislators when one of the material objections aka ‘talking points’ to actually considering the thoughtful remedies borne via public/private discourse and years if not decades of health policy development and experience outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act …

All Eyes on SCOTUS Decision Expected Later This Week?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We’ve been in a quiet period since the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) accepted the series of challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, yet the buzz factor is up via the blogosphere, social media and both broadcast and cable news media outlets as some expect …

ACO train has left station SCOTUS decision irrelevant to market innovation?

By Karen M. Cheung Regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the healthcare law, accountable care organizations are moving forward in coordinating patient care, improving quality and cutting costs. With yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 27 providers will be embarking on the Medicare Shared Savings Program, effective …

Accountable Care and Social Media: Can it connect the silo’s?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH In an article posted on KevinMD by the always learned and insightful George Lundberg, MD*, the question was posed: can ACO’s re-invent the American Health Care System? A rather compelling and timely question given the fragmentation and vertical silo’s characteristic of American health care finance and delivery, and the ‘patient-centric’ enhancements …

SCOTUS, ACA & ‘Mis-informed’ Justices

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH As suggested yesterday while ‘the case has been submitted’ per Chief Justice Roberts upon conclusion of Day 3 oral arguments over the constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the war to shape the national narrative is well underway. The blogosphere is ripe with buzz over the …

SCOTUS Consideration A ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ Regardless of Ruling

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! A P/Y/R/R/H/I/C victory is defined by Wikipedia as: (/ˈpɪrɪk/) is a victory with such a devastating cost to the victor that it carries the implication that another such victory will ultimately cause defeat. An army of professional, neo-professional and outright ‘amateur’, including skin in …