Monthly Archives: April 2011

Becker on ACOs

Scott Becker of Becker’s Hospital Review lobs in some observations on ACOs – interesting stuff.  We would agree with most of his thoughts, especially #6 – the risk of ACO’s becoming a central model (or the precursor to one) in … Continue reading

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ACOs and Private Payors

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Indiana is interested in the ACO concept and has initiated discussions with local hospital systems.  Will other private payors show similar interest in expanding the scope of the Shared Savings Program to the private … Continue reading

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Morning Links

Not a link, but I just got back from a health law conference where every speaker, to a person, thought that ACOs were dead in the water as the Proposed Rules stand today.  It boggles the mind as to why … Continue reading

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The Drum Beats On

Kaiser Health News has a guest post from Michael Millenson excoriating the Proposed Rules, reinterating the well-published point that CMS may have just killed the concept of an ACO before it even got to the starting line. We believe that ACOs … Continue reading

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Morning Links – Thinktank Edition

The Heritage Foundation, a leading DC conservative thinktank, thinks ACOs are nonstarters and are destined to fail to achieve their longterm goals of better care, lower cost, and higher quality. Authors at Health Affairs, on the other hand, consider ACOs … Continue reading

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Former HHS Deputy Secretary Not Buying Into ACOs

Tevi Troy, the former Deputy Secretary for the Dept. of Health and Human Services, ripped into ACOs recently, calling them “HMOs on steriods.”  Do you agree? Read the report here.

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CalPERS ACO Pilot Reports Millions in Expected Savings

An ACO pilot involving the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare hospitals, and Hill Physicians Medical Group is expecting upwards of $15m in expected savings, a representative of CalPERS reported.  In addition, the pilot program, … Continue reading

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