Pursuing Success in a Value-Based World

The Affordable Care Act has fended off multiple legal challenges. CMS has already implemented one mandatory bundled payment initiative and is eyeing more. MACRA looms on the horizon.

It’s an understatement to say the healthcare industry is in a period of dramatic change, and the continuing shift to value-based care will require radical thinking on the part of health system executives. But for those leaders willing to embrace change, the evolving landscape offers tremendous opportunity to remake their organizations and achieve new levels of success.

In this brief video, ECG Principal Jim Lord talks about the transition to value-based care and how forward-thinking health organizations can position themselves to thrive.

What’s Trending? Observing the Impact of Healthcare Reform

Healthcare reform and evolving reimbursement models are transforming the way care is and will be delivered and paid for. This has incited myriad responses by hospitals and physician groups, as well as other stakeholder groups, across the country. By working with healthcare systems and providers throughout the United States, ECG has an all-access view of how reform and the transition to value-based care are playing out in different regions. Here are some prominent trends we are observing. Continue reading

Closing the Book on 2014

This past year was one of “getting down to business” in the healthcare industry. Having shrugged off legal challenges, a government shutdown, and highly publicized technical glitches, the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, moving the healthcare sector toward a value-centric system.

ECG worked with providers across the country to traverse and keep pace with these transformational changes. In 2015, we’ll continue to lead healthcare forward, helping our clients develop key competencies and implement strategies to become thriving value-based enterprises.

As we close the book on 2014, let’s look back at a few of the key themes that appeared in this space during the past year and take a peek at the issues our clients will encounter in the coming year. Continue reading

ACOs – Is an EHR Enough?

Accountable Care Organization

Since its inception in 2009 as a key piece of the Affordable Care Act, the goals of the accountable care organization (ACO) have been clear: provide timely, coordinated care; manage at-risk populations; and eliminate redundancy across the continuum. But while the goals may be straightforward, the best ways to implement an ACO are not. Continue reading

ACO Participation: It’s Closer Than You Might Think

It is difficult to dispute the successes experienced by early adopters of the accountable care organization (ACO) model.  Even some of the most vocal skeptics are acknowledging the tremendous benefits of the associated cost savings and delivery of quality patient care.  There is, however, a growing recognition that participating in an ACO is a daunting task that requires a significant investment in time and resources, as well as a commitment to cultural change.  With constant demands and commitment to other programs, such as meaningful use (MU) and patient-centered medical home (PCMH), organizations may feel they simply cannot take on another massive endeavor.  Yet despite their misgivings, many of those organizations are actually much closer to ACO participation than they realize. Continue reading