For Success in Accountable Care Models, Educate Providers on the Ground

Travis AnselWhether an ACO is assessing readiness for CMS’s Next Generation ACO model or is already a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) participant, face-to-face education of non-executive providers living the day-to-day ACO reality is critical to that accountable care organization’s viability, advises Travis Ansel, senior manager of strategic services for Healthcare Strategy Group.

Even within experienced MSSP ACOs, providers often don’t understand MSSP quality goals, the relationship of their actions to cost management or MSSP data requirements, noted Ansel.

In this broadcast, Ansel describes the two biggest barriers to success across all ACO models, and offers two tips to organizations wishing to prosper in the value-based care reimbursement world.

During an April 2016 webinar, Next Generation ACO: An Organizational Readiness Assessment, now available for replay, Ansel and colleague Walter Hankwitz, senior accountable care advisor at Healthcare Strategy Group, provide a value-based risk contract roadmap to determine organizational readiness for participation in the Next Generation ACO Model in particular and in risk-based contracts in general.


Length: 3:26 minutes

Horizon BCBSNJ Episodes of Care: No-Risk Retrospective Model Paves Way for Value-Based Migration

Lili BrillsteinWhile it does not immediately eliminate fee for service, a retrospective upside-only payment model is helping to transform the spirit of the payor-provider relationship, notes Lili Brillstein, director of the Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) Episodes of Care (EOC) initiative where this methodology has been implemented.

Listen as Ms. Brillstein describes how Horizon’s application of retrospective methodology across all episodes expands the program’s reach and opportunities while fostering a no-risk environment conducive to collaboration.

During a March 2016 webinar, Episodes of Care: Improving Clinical Outcomes and Reducing Total Cost of Care Through a Collaborative Payor-Provider Relationship, now available for replay, Ms. Brillstein shares details behind the health plan’s EOC program, from the episodes they have bundled to goals and results from the program.


Length: 4:12 minutes

Hearst Health Prize Winner CCNC: Care Transition Management Not ‘One-Size-Fits-All’

Carlos JacksonCommunity Care of North Carolina’s Transitional Care program was awarded the Hearst Health Prize this month not only for demonstrating how effective transitional care is for its 1.5 million Medicaid beneficiaries, but also for continually evaluating and modifying the intervention based on its findings.

In this broadcast, Carlos Jackson, CCNC’s director of program evaluation, shares one of CCNC’s more interesting findings, identifying the priority population for the intervention, and explains why the care transition management mindset must expand beyond reducing hospital readmissions.

During a March 2016 webinar, Measuring and Evaluating the Impact of Home Visits for Clinically Complex Patients, now available for replay, Carlos Jackson shares the details behind CCNC’s home visits program, a key aspect of the care transitions program, from how individuals are identified for the intervention to the impact it has on key performance metrics.


Length: 3:23 minutes