ACO and MSSP Effectiveness

I continue to follow the back and forth (mostly in the academic press and echoed by the healthcare media) on ACO or MSSP effectiveness. I wonder about the usefulness of the dialog. It appears to me that the conversations are retrospective and about measurement - I understand the conversations, but question practical value. Program changes are shifting the risk (and the models being evaluated) and I suspect the changes in care delivery have just begun -- so we are measuring and trying to interpret the tremors before the quake to determine what is next. I would suggest that it is more important -- at the local level, for each leadership team to determine what outcomes and changes they want to bring forward and how to use the emerging models to make those objectives possible. It is easier to get there if you know where you want to go... and with all the noise it is best to be focused. Finally, decreased complexity and a more readily navigable healthcare experience is both achievable and necessary. Let’s not lose the forest for the trees.

-Bill Kelly

William P. Kelly is our Chief Executive Officer. He has extensive executive level experience in healthcare leadership, policy, and strategy and previously founded and served as President and Principal of Treo Solutions, LLC. As a widely recognized leader in payment policy and an expert in healthcare analytics, services, and M&A, William has published articles, edited books, and spoken nationally about the business of healthcare.