The following is a piece of an upcoming review we will be releasing  on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).  It deserves a expidited mention in that it is slightly overdue…

The HHS is also taking cues from industry thought leadership.  The CMS is moving to take an additional and different approach to solving some of the quandaries currently extant in Healthcare. The most recent step in CMS’ involvement in reform is the establishment of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations (CMMI).  This specific organization will be undertaking research and workgroups focused on “patient outcomes” and “community care models.” They are even taking public comments at the moment.  This center will perpetuate new efforts toward the development of ACOs in addition to finding ways to approach Medicaid and Medicare from new directions and analysis.  There is an expressed interest in the speed and pace of the solutions development as an underlying layer of the CMMI strategy.