Assessing ACO Business Opportunities in the Medicare and Commercial Markets

To avoid missing other opportunities inherent in the ACO model, payors and providers shouldn’t get hung up waiting for CMS’s rule for Medicare accountable care organizations, advises Greg Mertz, senior project director with the Healthcare Strategy Group. In this podcast, Mertz has advice for both providers and payors on how to maximize participation in an ACO.

Mertz provided a critical analysis of CMS’s anticipated final rule on Medicare Shared Savings and how it will impact commercial ACOs during a 45-minute webinar on April 21, 2011, Assessing ACO Business Opportunities in the Medicare and Commercial Markets, sponsored by the Healthcare Intelligence Network.




Length: 4:26 minutes

Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospital and SNF: A Collaboration Supporting the Accountable Care Vision

Working with a network of 40 skilled nursing facilities to hone the hospital-to-SNF transfer of care has accomplished two goals for Summa Health System: readmissions and lengths of stay for patients released to SNFs have been reduced, and the experience has made hospitals and SNFs more accountable for both the quality and cost of care they provide. Carolyn Holder, manager of transitional care for Summa Health System, describes what had to happen before this critical care transition could improve and why physicians had to rethink their approach to hospital-to-SNF transfers.

Holder and Michael Demagall, administrator of Bath Manor and Windsong Care Center, an SNF participating in the network, described their collaboration during Improving Transitions of Care Between Hospital and SNF: A Collaboration Supporting the Accountable Care Vision, a 60-minute webinar on April 6, 2011.




Length: 3:46 minutes

2011 Metrics in Accountable Care Organizations

Are accountable care organizations (ACOs) the new wave of healthcare delivery?

In this month’s healthcare performance benchmarks podcast, Healthcare Intelligence Network’s Melanie Matthews analyzes the industry’s acceptance of and participation in accountable care organizations derived from HIN’s February 2011 survey results.

Jeffrey Ruggiero, Esq., advises ACO participants to prepare for the legal and regulatory hurdles.

More actionable data on accountable care organizations are contained in 2011 Benchmarks in Accountable Care Organizations: Metrics from Early ACO Adopters, a 40-page report that provides new market research on current and planned ACOs as well as the ACO metrics and measures used by ACO early adopters to evaluate success, quality, efficiency and satisfaction.




Length: 3:10 minutes