ACOs

7 Ways the ACA Will Change How Your Hospital is Run

December 17, 2013
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Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register has produced a handy list that adequately summarizes the seven ways in which the Affordable Care Act is going to change how your hospital is run. We’ve covered many of these separately before, but this is a concise overview that ties a nice, big bow around most of […]

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What Leads to Success under the ACO Model?

December 5, 2013
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Some healthcare experts have charged that ACOs are actually a retread of HMOs, writes Greg Freeman in the December 2013 edition of Managed Care Contracting and Reimbursement Advisor, a newsletter from HealthLeaders Media. But Ben Wanamaker, executive director of the Clayton Christensen Institute’s healthcare program, sees vast differences between the two care models. For one […]

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Are ACOs a Retread of HMOs?

December 4, 2013
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Veterans of the healthcare industry are experiencing déjà vu when it comes to accountable care organizations, writes Greg Freeman in the December 2013 edition of Managed Care Contracting and Reimbursement Advisor, a newsletter from HealthLeaders Media. In fact, Richard Amerling, MD, associate director of clinical medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York […]

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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 2 of 2)

March 28, 2013

In our last post, we began dissecting Reed Abelson’s in-depth look in The New York Times at the Kaiser Permanente integration model and its failure to lower the cost of healthcare, a fact that Kaiser’s critics focus on. Perhaps it would do the industry well to remember the old saying, “Pioneers take the arrows.” For […]

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Kaiser Permanente Integration Model Has Pros, Cons (Part 1 of 2)

March 28, 2013

We’ve written before about the leadership Kaiser Permanente has shown in pioneering an integrated model of healthcare, one that has become even more relevant under reform. As admired as Kaiser’s innovations are, however, Reed Abelson of The New York Times provides an in-depth look at some of the complexities behind the Kaiser model, including the […]

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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center: Mr. Kelly R. Styles, Vice President of Information Services and Chief Information Officer

March 20, 2013

When Kelly R. Styles considers how his role as vice president of information services and chief information officer has evolved at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Conn., over the last three years, he reaches one conclusion. “My understanding of my role is that I am not a technologist,” he says. He reaches this conclusion […]

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Healthcare Providers Confront Nation’s Obesity Epidemic

March 18, 2013

When looking at the state of healthcare in this country, I think it’s fair to say that we’ve arrived at the point where describing obesity as an epidemic is no longer a gross exaggeration. According to the CDC, obesity rates are at all-time highs in the United States, with 36 percent of adults being obese. […]

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ACO Pioneers Request Delay on Quality Penalties and Rewards

March 12, 2013

When the Obama Administration first began its roll-out of the PPACA, it wanted to test the key tenet of its cost-control goals: the ACO model, under which doctors are paid for quality value not patient volume. As Sarah Kliff notes at The Washington Post’s Wonkblog, 32 healthcare systems, known as the Pioneers, agreed to test-run […]

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Medicare Patient 30-Day Readmission Rates Fell in 2012

March 4, 2013

Healthcare executives across the country have been frustrated with their 30-day patient-readmission rates, especially among Medicare recipients. For five years or so, it seemed like nothing could be done to keep these rates from increasing. However, 2012 might have been a turning point, according to CMS. As Stephanie Armour reports for Bloomberg, “Thirty-day readmission rates […]

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Industry Survey Reveals Goals and Priorities of Healthcare Leaders (Part 2 of 2)

February 27, 2013

Yesterday, we looked at the first three areas of an Industry Survey conducted by HealthLeaders Media that examined several challenges and issues confronting healthcare leaders in 2013. Today, we look at the final three areas of that survey. The information below is based on an article written by Margaret Dick Tocknell. ****** Fourth, the greatest […]

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