Care Transformation Center Blog

The insights, tools, and resources you need to take on population health management

How URMC's career ladder boosts entry-level staff engagement

by Rebecca Tyrrell and Colleen Keenan March 20, 2018

For health systems, the demand to fill entry-level positions is high, as these roles are essential to meeting growing health care needs. However, recruiting and retaining skilled entry-level staff is a perennial challenge.

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So you've applied to BPCI Advanced... Now what?

by Hunter Sinclair, Vice President, Advisory Board Consulting and Austin Weaver, Vice President, Advisory Board Consulting March 15, 2018

If you've been working on your organization's BPCI Advanced application, it's safe to say you could probably use a break. We know the feeling: Our value-based care consulting team has been busy over the past nine weeks supporting BPCI Advanced applications around the country. While we've been focused on dotting the i's and crossing the t's of the application for CMS' new bundled payment program, we've also been keeping our clients focused on the big picture. Here's what we see as some of the critical next steps now that you've "hit submit":

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You can partner to transform housing and health care for the homeless. This AMC has—and saved $1.7M

by Tomi Ogundimu and Clare Wirth March 12, 2018

Last summer, we told you about the diverse set of housing support options provided by a partnership developed by the University of Vermont (UVM) Medical Center. The projects help meet a range of patients' housing needs (e.g., transitional, episodic, or chronic homelessness), resulting in a more than $1.7 million decrease in direct costs for the population.

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How this German ACO became one of the world's most successful population health managers

Tomi Ogundimu , Petra Esseling March 9, 2018

This is the second blog in a series about care transformation around the globe, where we look at successful population health managers outside the United States. In this post, we highlight the successes of a German population health manager, Gesundes Kinzigtal.

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Our take: Uber and Lyft want to partner with you. Is that a good investment?

by Tomi Ogundimu and Darby Sullivan March 6, 2018

The recent news that both Uber and Lyft are expanding their transportation offerings with health care organizations could mean a groundbreaking opportunity for providers to meaningfully inflect patients' transportation barriers. But are rideshare partnerships an effective strategy, particularly when it's on the provider organization to pay for rides?

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3 top population health questions—answered

by Tomi Ogundimu and Lily Rosenfield March 1, 2018

Across 2017, hundreds of population health leaders across the country asked our Population Health Advisor experts more than 1,100 questions on care transformation tactics and strategy. Here are answers to last year's frequently asked questions:

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Specialty pharmacy, explained

Lindsay Conway February 22, 2018

Specialty pharmacy continues to be a hot topic for health system leaders. To help you get up to speed, I've provided answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.

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The downside risk cliff: What the 82 ACOs about to be forced into downside risk should do right now

by Hunter Sinclair and Rebecca Nolan February 15, 2018

With last month's addition of 17 new organizations to the Next Generation ACO program, 26% of all Medicare ACOs now participate in a downside-risk model (including the Medicare Shared Savings Program's (MSSP) Track 1+, Track 2, and Track 3), up from 17% in 2017.

While 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for ACOs making the transition to risk, 2019 could be even bigger. In fact, next year 82 ACOs that have been in the MSSP Track 1 since 2013 must either take on downside risk or leave the program. Organizations that haven't decided whether to continue participating face a rapidly approaching application deadline this summer. CMMI will not accept Next Generation ACO applications for 2019, so these organizations should focus on which downside risk MSSP track (if any) makes the most sense for them.

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