Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Could the Aetna-Humana Merger Announcement Be a Game-Changer?

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
What might the Aetna-Humana merger mean for current population health efforts among health plans and providers—and for the carefully laid strategic healthcare IT plans being designed to facilitate those efforts?

BREAKING NEWS: Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

July 3, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
news
On July 3, the Hartford-based Aetna said it had agreed to acquire the Louisville-based Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest acquisition in U.S. health insurance industry

Under Healthcare Reform, Where Do Practicing Physicians Go From Here?

June 30, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
Physicians in all settings in U.S. healthcare—private practice, medical group management, and association leadership—are living through the inevitably messy transition to the new healthcare

Cedars-Sinai’s Scott Weingarten, M.D. on the Hard Work—and Vision—of Clinical Transformation

June 24, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
On the eve of the annual AMDIS conference, Scott Weingarten, M.D., of Cedars-Sinai Health System talks about the hard work—and the vision—of true clinical transformation

What Margo Channing Would Say About the Current Instability in Health Plan Business Activity—And Why CIOs Should Worry

June 23, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
As we enter a period of unprecedented instability in health insurer business activity, many of the best-laid plans of healthcare IT leaders are at practical risk

Leveraging Data for Population Health: One Health Plan Leader’s Perspective

June 22, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Charles Kennedy, M.D. of Healthagen/Aetna shares his perspectives on the immense challenges and opportunities facing health plans and providers as they work to leverage data and analytics to move forward on population health

What Can the Chicago Blackhawks’ Joel Quenneville Teach Healthcare Executives about Leadership?

June 17, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
Beyond facile sports anecdotes and well-worn metaphors, it turns out that really great professional sports coaching does actually have a lot in common with really great healthcare leadership and management

Are We Really Turning a Corner When It Comes to Telehealth?

June 16, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
blog
Developments are taking place along numerous dimensions with regard to telehealth—offering a positive outlook for that important phenomenon

Jacob Reider M.D: CMIOs Need To Be True Transformational Leaders

June 15, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
On the eve of the annual AMDIS conference, former Deputy National Coordinator Jacob Reider, M.D. reflects on the current landscape of health system change—and CMIOs’ potential to be transformational change agents

Premier’s Blair Childs: Perspectives on Medicare Risk for Accountable Care (part 2)

June 14, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Premier Inc.’s Blair Childs looks at this juncture in the forward evolution of accountable care—and what healthcare leaders need to do next

ATA Takes Issue with CMS Over Final ACO Rule

June 10, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has expressed displeasure towards the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent final ruling on accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).

Premier’s Blair Childs: Perspectives on Medicare Risk for Accountable Care (Part 1)

June 9, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
article
Following CMS's publication of a final rule on the MSSP Program, Premier Inc.’s Blair Childs looks at this juncture in the forward evolution of accountable care—and what healthcare leaders need to do next
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