ACO roundup: How does your ACO stack up against your peers?

Key accountable care news from Feb. 18 to Feb. 24

The Daily Briefing editorial team rounds up recent accountable care news.

  • Mercy Health announces new leader for its ACO. Daniel Bair has been named the executive director of Mercy Health System's ACO, Mercy Accountable Care. Bair currently serves as the Pennsylvania-based system's director of cardiovascular care. According to a release, Bair will work in his new role "to improve quality, achieve better outcomes and patient satisfaction, and reduce health care costs, ultimately providing patients with improved access to care along the continuum."

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  • eClinicalWorks tests new software focused on accountable care. The three-hospital Tidelands Health system will be a pilot provider for eClinicalWorks' new electronic health record (EHR) system, which is specifically designed to help providers transition to value-based payment models. Todd Rowland, SVP and CIO at Tidelands, says serving as a pilot location for the software will lower the system's costs and provide an opportunity to help shape the EHR system's development. Rowland hopes the new software will also help Tidelands expand its involvement in accountable care with "more confidence."

  • Shadowing housekeepers to cut down on infections. To cut down on hospital-acquired infections, researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital surveyed and shadowed housekeeping staff. They found that staff often weren't cleaning the entire room properly—not because they didn't care about cleanliness, but because they wanted to respect the patients' privacy. The system is now working with housekeeping staff to develop specific language for workers to use when cleaning near patients.

From the Advisory Board:

  • How does your ACO stack up against your peers? Be one of the first to hear Crimson's unique cohort-wide analysis at our webconference next Wednesday, March 2, at 11 a.m. ET. Our team will reveal the top saving opportunities and the focus areas of the past year. We'll also compare and contrast our latest findings with our results from 2012.

  • CMOs' top five priorities for 2016. More than 130 physician and quality leaders from around the country recently told us where they need help with their strategy. While some of the topics—quality improvement, medical staff management—aren't new, the emerging challenges within each are.

  • Building your strategic plan for primary care? Start with our benchmarks. Reviewing benchmarking data might not seem like a logical first step when forming a primary care strategy, but for one 300-physician employed group, access to accurate, granular data gave the group's CEO a few shocking discoveries that drove leaders to change course.

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