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

Physician-Owned ACOs: Overcoming the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Challenges


Even though the specifics of Medicare’s Shared Savings Program have yet to be defined, physician organizations can still position themselves to achieve cost savings through an independent accountable care organization (ACO), notes Jeffrey R. Ruggiero, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP, who is advising the Queens County Medical Society on the launch of one of New York State’s largest physician ACOs. Ruggiero describes the advantages of a physician-run ACO as well as some of the regulatory, compliance and operational factors to consider prior to ACO launch.

Ruggiero described the Queens County Medical Society’s ACO development approach during Physician-Owned ACOs: Overcoming the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Challenges, a 45-minute webinar on January 19, 2011.




Length: 8:37 minutes