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Seriously Testing The ACO Waters

Brian Klepper Published April 2013 in Accountable Care News If necessity is the mother of invention, then tentativeness and ambiguity are the parents of procrastination. In health care, fee-for-service remains the dominant paradigm, so the ACO movement, lacking almost any … Continue reading

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Following the Money

Brian Klepper Posted 12/06/12 on Medscape Connect’s Care & Cost Blog On The Health Care Blog, veteran analyst Vince Kuraitis reviews a report from the consulting firm Oliver Wyman (OW), arguing that the trend toward reconfiguring health systems to deliver more accountable care is … Continue reading

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The Economics of Being a Practicing Physician: Greater Frustration, Lower Income, More Defensive

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn Posted 4/26/12 on Health Populi One-half of physicians believe they’re not fairly compensated for their work – in particular, those working in primary care. Only 11% of doctors considering themselves “rich.”Medscape’s 2012 Physician Compensation Report compiled data from over … Continue reading

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Surveyed Physicians Are Gloomy About Health Care Reform

Patricia Salber Posted 3/12/12 on The Doctor Weighs In Recently, The Doctors Company (TDC), the country’s largest insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability, decided to survey doctors to determine what they are thinking and feeling about health reform.  The results are … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between ACOs and “AC-Like” Arrangements?

Vince Kuraitis Posted 3/09/12 on the e-CareManagement Blog A lot. AC-Like arrangements will be MUCH simpler to create and maintain. The health care market is moving toward accountable care. There are at least two broad paths forward: 1) Formal Accountable … Continue reading

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Medicare Providers Don’t Want Less Revenue

Roger Collier Posted 2/9/12 on Health Care Reform Update The Congressional Budget Office’s January issue brief on the failure of almost all of more than thirty Medicare demonstration projects to cut costs generated considerable discussion. Judging from the reactions of some health … Continue reading

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A Thousand Dollars Says Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Is Wrong About ACO’s Long Term Prospects

Jaan Sidorov Posted 2/1/12 on the Disease Management Care Blog Approximately 15 years ago, the Disease Management Care Blog was a speaker at a conference with an audience mostly made up of managed care leaders. It boldly argued the nation’s … Continue reading

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Let’s Wake Up About ACOs

Paul Levy Posted 11/30/11 on Not Running a Hospital Comments by two folks recently should reawaken our concern about how to hold accountable care organizations accountable and whether creation of ACOs will lead to market dominance that will not bring … Continue reading

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The Leavitt ACO Report: Does it Overstate or Understate Accountable Care Activity?

Vince Kuraitis Posted 11/30/11 on the e-CareManagement Blog Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have been likened to a unicorn — a fantastic creature that is vested with mythical powers. But no one has actually seen one. a camel — a horse designed by a committee, one … Continue reading

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Accountable Care Organization Regulations – The ACO is a Camel, Not a Unicorn

David Harlow Posted 10/31/11 on HealthBlawg The final Accountable Care Organization regulations are out, the initial flurry of commentary is out (including my own ACO webinar with simultaneous  #ACOchat tweetchat -available for download/replay soon; slides here now: “ACOs, Bundled Payments and the Future of Health Care“), … Continue reading

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ACOs: The Good and the Bad

To muted applause and some sighs of relief from providers, HHS released the final ACO regulations last week.  The final version superseded the much-criticized draft regs published several weeks earlier. This previous draft was widely regarded as imposing overwhelmingly complex … Continue reading

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CMS Wants Docs To Ante Up To CMS Poker Game

Michael Millenson Posted 10/20/11 on Forbes In a high-stakes political, clinical and economic poker game that goes by the name of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just issued a call for doctors and hospitals to grab some … Continue reading

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Nurse Care Managers: The Mortar Holding the Bricks of Medical Homes

Jaan Sidorov First posted 9/22/11 on the Disease Management Care Blog It’s no secret that the Disease Management Care Blog is an enthusiastic believer in nurse care managers. In its humble opinion, it makes no difference what “bricks” are used … Continue reading

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Another Skeptical ACO Paper

Jaan Sidorov First posted 9/19/11 on Disease Management Care Blog Adding to a continuing drumbeat of skepticism about Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Gail Wilenksy offers a “sobering” Perspective in the New England Journal about their underlying business model.  She draws on the lessons of … Continue reading

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Payment Transformation: From Volume to Value

Jaan Sidorov and Vince Kuraitis First posted 7/7/11 on eCareManagement Blog This is the 2nd installment in a series on the Strategic Realignment among Physicians, Hospitals and Payers In our introductory posting, we suggested that a huge shift is underway in the … Continue reading

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