John Malone

John Malone
John specializes in developing and activating strategic performance-improvement initiatives by combining his passion for analytics, change acceleration, and leadership development.

Recent Posts:

How to Determine a Physician Engagement Strategy for Your Market

Hospitals, health systems, and physician practices must find ways to adapt to the quickly changing market forces around them. Sources of change include value-based contracting, provider competition, consumerism, changes in government and commercial payment models, health system regionalization, government regulation, and technological innovation.

Health systems and physicians increasingly are finding it in their best interests to affiliate with one another in new ways, but how they collaborate depends on specific forces in their market. Some markets have larger populations and more significant provider competition than others. Some are more likely to have health plans that want to implement value-based payment models.

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Joining the Medicare Pathways to Success Program

The next opportunity to join the MSSP will be in January 2020, when the program returns to its typical schedule of ACOs joining at the start of the calendar year. You can find more information about the application process, which opened July 1, on the CMS website.

For providers considering joining Pathways to Success for the first time and current ACOs considering whether to continue in the program, here are some questions to consider:

  1. What can we do to forecast our potential financial outcomes (savings or losses)?
  2. How can we prepare to obtain shared savings, and, if applicable, minimize our losses?
  3. Overall, how can we prepare for success in the Pathways program?
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