Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum to Resign

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
According to preliminary news media reports, Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will be stepping down from his post, effective May 16.

Health Information Exchange: Moving Forward or Stuck in Neutral?

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
Some healthcare leaders point to potential barriers to long-term stability and sustainability of HIE, and are questioning whether the sector is going through normal growing pains or encountering systemic problems.

When Clinical Transformation and Technological Change Come Down to Process and Cultural Change

April 15, 2014     Mark Hagland
Achieving the Triple Aim—the idea of improved quality, enhanced patient engagement and satisfaction, and improved cost-effectiveness in healthcare—will inevitably involve a great deal of process, cultural and technological effort, agreed members of a panel...

“Flight Patterns” for Physicians Leading ACOs: Dr. Mostashari Shares Critical Success Factors

April 5, 2014     Mark Hagland
The American Journal of Managed Care recently published an online commentary from Farzad Mostashari, M.D., and James A. Colbert, M.D., focused on ”Four Key Technologies" for physician-led ACOs—with major implications for healthcare IT leaders

Enabling Independent Physicians to Hit Quality and Cost Goals

March 27, 2014     John DeGaspari
Independent physicians are under the same mandates as their employed counterparts to offer the best possible care for their patients at the lowest possible costs. Yet independent practices often lack the IT infrastructure and tools to achieve those goals. In...

When Technology Is the Follower—and Leadership Is… Well, the Leader

March 26, 2014     Mark Hagland
A panel discussion held March 26 during the iHT2 Health IT Summit in San Francisco helped to underscore how vision, leadership, and strategy need to come first in informing IT strategy and implementation

THSA’s Tony Gilman: HIE is the Cornerstone of Healthcare Transformation

March 26, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
In preparation for a panel on health information exchange at the Healthcare Informatics Executive Summit in May, Tony Gilman, Texas Health Services Authority CEO, gives his thoughts on HIE developments in Texas and across the nation, as well as challenges and...

Strategy, IT, and Culture Change: Industry Experts Weigh In on the Volume-To-Value Transition

March 25, 2014     Mark Hagland
In making the shift from primarily fee-for-service-based payment to value-based payment and a population health focus, a complex interplay of strategy, culture change, and IT deployment will be involved, agreed a panel of experts

Policy Perspective: Francois de Brantes’ Contrarian View on Provider Aggregation

March 21, 2014     Mark Hagland
As the U.S. healthcare system moves forward more and more deeply into the arena of quality-based purchasing and pay-for-performance, Francois de Brantes of the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute says the key to true health system reform lies in...

Michigan ACO Expands, Doubles in Size

March 21, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal
More than 2,900 Michigan doctors have joined POM ACO, a joint venture of the U-M Health System and eight other physician groups that started in 2013. The move more than doubles the size of the ACO.

4 Things Lisa Bielamowicz Said Last Week You Can’t Afford to Ignore

March 17, 2014     Mark Hagland
Last week, Lisa Bielamowicz, M.D., CMO at The Advisory Board Company, presented content in an HCI webinar that anyone pursuing a population health strategy can’t afford to ignore
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