Feature Articles


Planning For Turbulence In 2017: Advice From The Experts

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, in the wake of the changes on the national political scene, we asked the thoughtleaders on the OPEN MINDS team and the OPEN MINDS advisory board this question: Given the expected policy changes we...

Diversify Your Revenue Streams: Planning For Turbulence In 2017

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, in the wake of the changes in the national political scene, we asked the thoughtleaders on the OPEN MINDS team and on the OPEN MINDS advisory board this question: Given the expected policy changes...

Improve Your Value Equation: Planning For Turbulence In 2017

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, in the wake of the changes on the national political scene, we asked the thoughtleaders on the OPEN MINDS team and on the OPEN MINDS advisory board this question: Given the expected policy changes...

Management ‘Musts’ For Surviving The Present Turbulence

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
What will the next four years look like for health and human service provider organizations? That's the question on everyone's mind, but at this point, we know very little. We know what the Republican Congress tried to pass before...

Is Your Organization Nimble? Take Our Quiz

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
To be a high-performing leader, speed matters: speed of thought, speed in planning, speed in decisionmaking, and — if need be — speed in taking action when the market suddenly changes in unforeseen ways. Many organizations are slow by nature,...

The Unfulfilled Promise Of Parity

Feature Article | December 22, 2016
With the passage of the federal parity law, along with the Affordable Care Act and the decision by 32 states (including the District of Columbia) to expand Medicaid, Americans should have better access to mental health care than at...

Medicaid ACOs: A Moving Target

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
Medicaid accountable care organizations (ACOs) receive substantially less attention than their Medicare counterparts, perhaps because the models are adopted on a smaller scale and often serve a smaller population. Currently there are 2.6 million Medicaid beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid program-sponsored...

Specialty Provider Organization Opportunities For Working With ACOs

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) were originally developed as a Medicare construct as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to improve care coordination and lower the cost of care. But four years after the launch of...

ACOs & Complex Consumers: Strategies That Work

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are responsible for the financing and delivery of services to more consumers than ever before – an estimated 50 million Americans as of 2015. And, in that population, ACOs also serve consumers with complex, chronic...

Accountable Care Organizations: What Providers Need to Know

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), established the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) on January 1, 2012, as required by the Affordable Care Act....

Medicare ACOs: The Changing Landscape

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
The number of ACOs participating in Medicare ACO models have increased overall from a total of 150 ACOs in 2012 when the programs first started, to 460 ACOs in 2016. This is an increase of more than 200%. Although...

Health System Accountable Care: Updates From Northwell Health

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
The importance of the accountable care organizations (ACOs), a cornerstone of implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), has continued to increase in the health care space – specifically for relationships between ACOs and provider organizations that specialize in serving...

How Social Services Competitors Teamed Up To Form A New ACO Model

Feature Article | November 22, 2016
Making the move to a value-based model of contracting can be challenging for any organization, but there are many examples of ACOs that have started off strong. Some have done that by pooling their resources and forming strategic partnerships....