Accountable Care Round Up

by Gregg A. Masters, MPH One of the ongoing challenges in ‘new media’ is to effectively discern the content ‘signal to noise’ ratio given the ease of publishing these days. Everyone is a potential publisher and not all curation is of equal value nor newsworthy per se. As heard at a Health 2.0 meeting some …

The Accountable Primary Care ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH At the recently concluded 4th Annual Accountable Care Organization Congress held in Los Angeles one of the sessions I attended was offered by Tom Doerr, MD, Director of Innovation Research, and Deborah W. Robin, MD, MHCM, Medical Director, of Lumeris respectively, titled “New Hope for Primary Care: The Accountable Primary …

Patient Engagement and ACOs: A Timely Union or Cute Ad Copy?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH We previously (see: National ACO Patient Engagement Benchmarking Survey) brought attention to a national patient engagement bench-marking survey wherein @ACOwatch collaborated with Dave Chase, et al at Avado to field an instrument. While at ‘The ACO Must…’ Towards an Operational Definition of ‘Patient Engagement’ we addressed the indica of patient engagement as well as the statutory context of Section …

National ACO Patient Engagement Benchmarking Survey

By Gregg A Masters, MPH Earlier today Avado released a National ACO Benchmark Survey directed to select ACO and accountable care industry executives. A core component of ACO success from both a financial and outcomes perspective, and critical to the fulfillment of the triple aim, ‘patient engagement’ is a broadly cast, locally flavored and otherwise …

ACOs, Accountable Care and the Digital Health ‘App Market’

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH So much of the innovation metabolism witnessed today via social media and seeping into mainstream consideration, seems to be sucked up in the many, perhaps oversupplied and under utilized consumer facing ‘digital health apps’ market. We have yet to see these app driven forces of nature materially unleashed in the healthcare …

Florida Blue and US Oncology aka Advanced Medical Specialties JV Oncology ACO

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH Clearly it was just a matter of time, and again the market is driving innovation outside the codified theater of what is, or isn’t, an ACO at least from the point of view of Federal regulation. Regardless of the relative fiscal impact to the Medicare Trust Fund, i.e., where is …

CTE on the Accountable Care Agenda? Junior Seau it’s latest victim?

By Gregg A. Masters, MPH On a day when another athlete dies from self inflicted wounds, and the acronym ‘CTE‘ (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) finds its way into the popular press, while perhaps opening a line of inquiry as to health consequences of repetitive brain injury, we may find the ante in and around the ‘accountable …