Growth of Accountable Care

DrawingPin2_RedLink: Health Affairs

Just a few days ago, David Muhlestein authored an article summarizing the recent changes and potential future for Accountable Care. There are 744 ACOs in 2015, covering an estimated total of 23.5 million covered ACO beneficiaries. In addition, the number of public and private payers who have entered the ACO market. New policies, proposed rules, and HHS announcments clearly indicate movement of the Medicare (and Medicaid) program from a demonstration-type project to a new reimbursement mechanism.

Specifically, the article discusses

  • ACO Growth;
  • Changes to the MSSP;
  • The HHS Goal of of moving 50 percent of payments toward alternative models by 2018;
  • Expansion of Medicaid ACOs; and
  • Predicted ACO Growth.

The growth of the Shared Savings Program in the number of members, payers and HHS’s committment to its goals of high-quality care at lower costs has changed the landscape of healthcare and will likely continue to do so.


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Analytics and Comprehensive Primary Care

BusdecisionLink: Rise Health Platform Supports Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative in Colorado.

The CMS Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative is a four-year multi-payer initiative designed to strengthen primary care. CMS has collaborated with commercial and State health insurance plans in seven U.S. regions to offer population-based care management fees and shared savings opportunities to participating primary care practices to support the provision of a core set of five “Comprehensive” primary care functions.
These five functions are: (1) Risk-stratified Care Management; (2) Access and Continuity; (3) Planned Care for Chronic Conditions and Preventive Care; (4) Patient and Caregiver Engagement; (5) Coordination of Care across the Medical Neighborhood. 
Rise Health, a Best Doctors company, has engaged Physicians with valuable insights will present results at Summit by iHT2a Healthcare IT meeting scheduled July 20-22. For more information on their efforts in Colorado, visit

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Press Release: ACO Survival Guide and Regulations Training

ACOSGLogoLink: ACO Survival Guide Store

Today’s press release describes the ACO Survival Guide as a tool that provides not only an overview of the incredibly complex and arcane regulations, but also provides actionable information to support quality reporting, improved infrastructure, and analysis of operational, financial and clinical performance. In addition, the introduction of the CMS Innovation Center, makes it clear that healthcare regulatory reform efforts will continue to evolve. There is widespread consensus that Medicare in its current state is unsustainable. The ACO Survival Guide and its related ACO Regulations Training product address the convergence challenge by providing customers with tools that allow them to effectively attack the learning curve.

There is widespread consensus that Medicare in its current state is unsustainable. The ACO Survival Guide and its related Regulations Training product address the convergence challenge by providing customers with tools that allow them to effectively attack the learning curve.

The next step in these murky waters is to develop checklists that aid ACOs in compliance with the regulations. Whether you are an ACO, moving in that direction or just beginning to consider becoming an ACO this email sign-up list is the best way to be informed in making that decision.

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Sony Nintendo PlayStation Prototype: History Awaits

In 1988, Nintendo hired Sony to make a CD-ROM add-on for the Super Famicom to compete with the Sega Mega CD. But Sony also made a standalone version of this “Super Disc” add-on – a console that could play CD games and media as well as Super Famicom cartridges – and presented it at CES in 1991. Redditor analogueboy appears to have a prototype of that 2-in-1 system, which after a series of events straight out of the fevered dreams of Hollywood’s scriptwriters would eventually lead to the original PlayStation.

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Responding on an Assembler Games thread, analogueboy said, “My dad worked for a company, apparently one of the guys he used to work with, I think his name was Olaf, used to work at Nintendo and when my dads company went bankrupt, my dad found it in a box of “junk” he was supposed to throw out.” Many are guessing – or hoping – that this Olaf is Ólafur Ólafsson, the former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, which helped bring the original PlayStation to the public.

This prototype looks a bit different from the one that’s been publicized, but their controllers appear to be the same. The layout of the buttons on the two prototypes are very similar as well. I hope analogueboy can revive the PS4’s great grandfather and see what its inside its test cartridge and disc.

[via Reddit & Assembler Games via GamesRadar]


Alternative Reimbursement Model to replace Fee-for-Service?

RecycleBin2FullThere are many people who believe that fee-for-service reimbursement methods are on their way out… While this may be true, the fact remains that ACO regulations and the new HHS announcements call for reductions in cost which equates to the fees for services that are provided by physicians to patients.

However, on March 25th HHS reiterated its goal of tying 30 percent of payments to quality and value through alternative payment models by 2016 and 50 percent by 2018 under new approaches to paying for health care created by the Affordable Care Act. Link: The healthcare industry faces massive transformation in the future.

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Guy Recreates Original Mad Max Interceptor Car

Mad Max and all of it’s sequels have constantly been my preferred films. I have actually seen them hundreds of times. If I could develop the last of the V-8’s I would. This Mad Max fan did just that, producing his own version of Max’s Interceptor. I am so jealous I might go all Night Rider on him and make him wreck while chasing me.

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This guy invested $ 125,000 and paid a business to take his 1972 Australian Ford Falcon and transform it into an Interceptor, right to having the exact same steering wheel as the one made use of in the motion picture. This guy made his dream become a reality and I’ll just need to be happy living vicariously through him.

Now all he needs is a partner named Goose on a cycle.

[by means of SpeedSociety]


Mad Max: Fury Road Flamethrower Ukulele

Among the more wayward parts of Mad Max: Fury Road is the so-called “Doof Warrior” and his rock-and-roll rig on wheels. I specifically loved the large stack of amps and speakers, and the ridiculous bungee thing he was swinging from. Of course, his flaming guitar was very hysterical too.

Our buddy Caleb Kraft over at Make: liked it enough to make his own flamethrowing string instrument. But instead of going with an electric guitar, Caleb’s axe is a ukulele – – and it’s pretty impressive if you ask me.

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The whole thing is self-contained, so it’s truly extremely a portable weapon. The crucial elements consist of an igniter, a butane canister, a caulk gun, some moldable plastic, and a hose. You can examine it out in action in the video below:

Head on over to Make: for the complete develop guide. Remember that with a project like this, you’re actually playing with fire, so kindly use caution if you decide to attempt and duplicate Caleb’s fiery instrument. And definitely do not try and play it while dangling from a bungee rig on a moving automobile.