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2018 CMS Medicare Shared Savings Program: 43 Previous ACOs out, 124 New ACOs In

By Clive Riddle, January 19, 2018

CMS recently published 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program information.  After comparing the listing of 561 2018 MSSP participants to the 480 2017 participants, we found 43 2017 ACOs have exited the program for 2018, and there are 124.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, January 19, 2018

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Accenture’s Advice to Pharma: It’s The Evidence, Stupid.

By Clive Riddle, January 12, 2018

Remember when Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign mantra was “it’s the economy, stupid”? Accenture advises the pharmaceutical industry to substitute evidence for economy in that equation and focus more on evidence-based solutions than.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, January 12, 2018

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Ten Large Objects on the Highway to Healthcare in 2018

By Clive Riddle, January 5, 2018

We find ourselves suddenly situated in 2018. How did that happen? Where did 2017 go, and for that matter, 2016 and its younger siblings? A Meat Loaf ballad once lyricized how Objects in the Rear View Mirror Appear Closer Than They Are. With apologies to AC/DC.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, January 5, 2018

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Looking A Little Deeper into CMS National Health Expenditure Report

By Clive Riddle, December 20, 2017

The CMS Office of the Actuary recently released their annual National Health Expenditure Data, current and historical through 2016. We thought we’d take a.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 15, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Welcome, Comrade Patient

By Kim Bellard, December 14, 2017

Capitalism is in big trouble, even in the U.S. and especially among millennials. So reports Fast Company and The New York Times. Even capitalism-friendly publications like The Wall Street Journaland Bloomberg warn about it. .............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 8, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Are your healthcare consumers who they say they are?

By Claire Thayer, December 7, 2017

Verifying healthcare consumer identities has become enormously complex requiring sophisticated advanced authentication technology. A HIMSS report on Patient Portal Identity Proofing and.............Click to continue


Reforms and Innovation Needed to Lower Costs and Improve Quality in Healthcare

Tomas Georgio, December 4, 2017

Healthcare in the United States is complicated, inefficient and expensive. Many individuals and families can no longer afford to see a.............Click to continue


The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Sandhya Gardner, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Relias, December 4, 2017

There has been no shortage of attention given to the current opioid abuse and overdose epidemic sweeping the U.S. Near-daily media reports highlight the staggering number of people.............Click to continue


Recent Uber and Lyft Healthcare Transportation Collaborations

By Clive Riddle, December 1, 2017

Yesterday (November 30th) Cigna-HealthSpring reported on its collaboration with Lyft for medical transportation of Medicare Advantage members. They stated that "more than 14,500 transports have occurred through this collaboration. Since its introduction in May, 92 percent of Cigna-HealthSpring customers.............Click to continue 


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, December 1, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, November 17, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Patients Are a Design Problem

by Kim Bellard, November 15, 2017

When I say "patients are a design problem," I don't mean that the people who happen to be patients are a design problem. They may well be, but.............Click to continue


The State of Medicaid in the States

by Clive Riddle, November 8, 2017

Mark Farrah Associates has just released their Mid-Year 2017 Medicaid Market and Enrollment Trends report which cites national Medicaid coverage was “74.3 million as of June 2017. This represents approximately.............Click to continue


Three Recent Studies and Three Different Perceptions of Value Based Payments

by Clive Riddle, November 3, 2017

Three different recently released studies addressing value based payments fuel three different perceptions: (1) value based payments have solid.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, November 2, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Fighting Healthcare fraud and over-prescriptions with predictive analytics

By Claire Thayer, October 31, 2017

Earlier this summer, the U.S. Department of Justice announced the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action, involving over 412 individuals across.............Click to continue


CVS, Aetna, Retail Integrated Delivery Systems and the Strange World of Frenemies

by Clive Riddle, October 27, 2017

As widely reported, including in the Wall Street Journal, CVS is making a very serious bid to acquire Aetna for more than $200 a share, equating to $66 billion. The most often cited drivers behind this deal include.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, October 6, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


Elon, Do We Have a Disaster for You!

By Kim Bellard, October 18, 2017

One of the most interesting twists resulting from Hurricane Maria striking Puerto Rico was Elon Musk's offer that Tesla could help Puerto Rico solve its energy crisis, with a long-term, 21st century fix. It is telling that we don't have.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, October 13, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


A Dozen Things To Know About The Trump Healthcare Executive Order and Elimination of CSR Payments

By Clive Riddle, October 13, 2017

1. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a legal opinion to HHS and the Treasury Department that that money appropriated.............Click to continue


Friday Five: Top 5 healthcare business news items from the MCOL Weekend edition

By Claire Thayer, October 6, 2017

Every business day, MCOL posts feature stories making news on the business of health care. Here are five we think are particularly important for this week.............Click to continue


The Impact of Time and Money on The Physician – Patient Relationship

by Clive Riddle, October 6, 2017

The “physician-patient relationship remains strong but cost may challenge its future,” is the headline takeaway offered by The Physicians Foundation, who just released findings from their second biennial patient.............Click to continue


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MCOLBlog Team

Kim Bellard
KB Consulting
Columbus, OH

Krista Burris
Healthcare Strategy Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area

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William DeMarco
President
DeMarco and Associates
Rockford, IL

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Sandhya Gardner, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
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Laurie Gelb
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ORC International
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Dan Juberg
Vice President, West
Lumeris
Los Angeles, CA

Nate Kaufman
Managing Director
Kaufman Strategic Advisors
San Diego, CA

Cyndy Nayer
Founder and CEO
Cyndy Nayer's Center of Health Engagement
CyndyNayer.com

Lindsay Resnick
Chief Marketing Officer
KBM Group: Health Services

Clive Riddle
President
MCOL
Modesto, CA

Marshall Riddle
Senior Analyst
MCOL
Modesto, CA

Claire Thayer
Vice President
Business Development
MCOL
Portland, OR

Tomas Gregorio
Senior Executive Director
Healthcare Systems Innovation NJII, NJ