Nav­i­gat­ing ACOs

Sec­tion on web­site keeps you in­formed; mag­a­zine staff lauded for ex­cel­lence

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Editorials - DAVID BURDA Edi­tor

To be or not to be … an ACO, that is. To help our read­ers de­cide whether to be­come a Medi­care-cer­ti­fied ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tion, we’ve cre­ated a spe­cial ACO sec­tion on our web­site, Mod­ern­Health­ There you’ll find the lat­est ACO news, news anal­y­sis, opin­ions, guest com­men­tary, video in­ter­views, we­b­casts and more. Par­tic­u­larly use­ful is the ACO Re­sources sec­tion where read­ers are a click away from all gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions and guid­ance and all ma­jor in­dus­try re­ports that pro­vide un­var­nished de­tails of how to be­come an ACO and what might hap­pen to you if you do. The pub­lic com­ment pe­riod on the gov­ern­ment’s pro­posed ACO reg­u­la­tions ends June 6, so you might want to visit mod­ern­health­ to help you de­cide what to say.

Sep­a­rately, Mod­ern Health­care is cre­at­ing the in­dus­try’s first data­base on ACOs and ACO-like or­ga­ni­za­tions. To help us in this im­por­tant en­deavor, we en­cour­age you to take our 15-ques­tion ACO sur­vey, also avail­able on our web­site in the Sub­mit and Nom­i­nate sec­tion. The sur­vey dead­line is June 1, and we’ll pub­lish the re­sults in our July 11 is­sue. Our goal is to re­peat the sur­vey an­nu­ally and cre­ate a dy­namic and search­able data­base of providers com­ing to­gether to as­sume the fi­nan­cial risk of pro­vid­ing high-qual­ity care to a spe­cific pa­tient pop­u­la­tion. Speak­ing of high qual­ity, we’re pleased to an­nounce that Mod­ern

Health­care’s editorial staff has re­ceived yet an­other round of hon­ors for jour­nal­is­tic ex­cel­lence. This month Mod­ern Health­care re­ceived four Peter Lis­agor Awards for Ex­em­plary Jour­nal­ism from the Chicago Head­line Club, which is the Chicago chap­ter of the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists. The en­tire editorial staff won Best Dead­line Re­port­ing for its cov­er­age of the pas­sage of health­care re­form; re­porter-turned-news edi­tor Gregg Blesch won Best Fea­ture Writ­ing for his May 24, 2010 cover story, “Putting hos­pi­tals on no­tice,” which de­tailed at­tempts to reg­u­late hos­pi­tal dis­posal of un­used phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals; re­porter Re­becca Vesely won Best Busi­ness Re­port­ing for her May 10, 2010 cover story, “For good be­hav­ior,” which de­scribed how be­hav­ioral eco­nom­ics were be­ing used in the health­care re­form law to con­trol health­care spend­ing; and Man­ag­ing Edi­tor Neil McLaugh­lin won Best Com­men­tary or Ed­i­to­ri­als for his se­ries of ed­i­to­ri­als on health­care re­form, most no­tably “100 years in the mak­ing,” a March 29, 2010 piece that noted the ef­forts to re­form the U.S. health­care sys­tem go back decades.

Fi­nally, please join me in a sep­a­rate round of ap­plause for McLaugh­lin, whose “100 years in the mak­ing” editorial earned him one of the most pres­ti­gious awards in jour­nal­ism: the Sigma Delta Chi Award handed out by the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists. This is a na­tional award rec­og­niz­ing the best in our pro­fes­sion.

McLaugh­lin’s ed­i­to­ri­als help keep Mod­ern Health­care on the lips of health­care ex­ec­u­tives across the coun­try and stir de­bate among in­dus­try lead­ers. This award con­firms the im­por­tant role he and Mod­ern Health­care play in the con­ver­sa­tion about how to im­prove the health­care de­liv­ery sys­tem. We don’t do what we do to win awards, but we cer­tainly do ap­pre­ci­ate the recog­ni­tion from our peers for serv­ing our read­ers bet­ter than any other pub­li­ca­tion in the health­care field. Thank you.

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