ICD-10 helps your ACO?

February 13, 2012

The move to ICD-10 is adding spice to the implementation of electronic medical records and to the routine but essential work of issuing a hospital bill. The increase in detailed accuracy required is logarithmic. The Richter Scale feels about right. But there are obvious benefits to those moving towards accountable care. Knowing what services your [...]

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Isn’t ACO strategy more than EMR & HIE?

February 9, 2012

Yes grasshopper, it is. In the funding orgy fueling electronic medical record and health information exchange spending, we might be missing the soft side of ACO strategy. When the IT system is up and running you may still be miles short of a functional accountable care organization. In fact the federal regulations don’t say much [...]

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32 Pioneer ACOs announced. Now what?

February 6, 2012

It took an extra six months for CMS to announce the 32 Pioneer ACO organizations, a mix of stand alone hospitals, healthcare system, and medical group sponsored efforts. These brave organizations will now set the early pace for the adoption of the new Medicare quality improvement & payment methodology. CMS also finalized the 700 page [...]

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A long hot summer for healthcare

August 4, 2011

I hope to finish my “PlayBook for Accountable Care” soon so it can go to press. Watch for it on the Amazon Kindle. God speed to those Pioneer ACOs that launch this summer! After the summer spectacle of watching Congress raise the debt ceiling I was reminded of Winston Churchill’s observation that “You can always [...]

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May 10, 2011

An open letter to Dr.Don Berwick, Some genius in Congress was doing you no favor by naming the healthcare reform bill “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010” and nicknaming it PPACA (pronounced pea packa.) What a terrible name to stick on such an important piece of legislation. Is it any wonder that the [...]

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(Video) Accountable Care: Competition or Cooperation?

February 28, 2011

Have you considered the implications on your strategy of the question addressed by Frank Tiedemann in this video for hospital and health system board members? Will you persue competition or cooperation in buiding an Accountable Care Organization and does it matter? Tiedemann. a former hospital and health system CEO, advises organizations on these and other [...]

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(Video) Accountable Care: The Search for Talent

February 7, 2011

Hospital and healthcare system boards of directors need to consider carefully their talent to lead the development of Accountable Care startups. This assignment is not for wimps. Recent system CEO Frank Tiedemann lays out a series of issues the board should consider in hiring. You can contact the speaker at ftiedemann@me.com to discuss these issues [...]

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(Video) New accountable care advice for hospital boards

January 17, 2011

Hospital Boards must be able to set accountable care strategy, select the right ACO leadership, and gain physician support for the ACO. If these issues concern you as a hospital board member and you would like to discuss them further contact me at FrankTiedemann@me.com. I am available to help hospitals prepare for the challenges ahead. [...]

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Standing for Moderation and Tolerance

January 10, 2011

Reprinted from my March 25, 2010 post: We have just witnessed the House passage of the Healthcare Reform Bill.  It was not a pretty sight regardless of the way you feel about the issues large and small related to healthcare in our country. What I am reflecting on today is the unraveling of public discourse [...]

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The Countdown to Accountable Care Begins Today

January 3, 2011

The 3-year demonstration of healthcare reform’s Accountable Care Organizations kicks off in less than a year. 2011 will be filled with news and controversy about the new law to expand healthcare coverage and hold healthcare providers strictly responsible for clinical quality. While politicians bloviate about changing this and that in the law signed last year, [...]

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