Understanding CMS’ Proposal For ACOs With Host HealthyCircles

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Dr. Susan Nedza, Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles, discusses how CMS’ proposed Medicare Shared Savings Program will impact current and future payments.

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Understanding how this [CMS'] program will impact health care delivery and payment is critical for health care professionals and organizations currently participating in the traditional Medicare Fee-For-Service Program.

Today, HealthyCircles, an integrated suite of online Professional and Consumer portals, officially announced open enrollment for their Thursday, May 19, 2011, webinar on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Understanding CMS’ Proposal and Impact on Local Health Care Delivery at 11:00am PST. Please note, space is limited for this exclusive event, so please go to http://www.healthycircles.com to reserve your spot today!

On March 31, 2011, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published its proposal to transform the Medicare program into one driven by the triple aim of obtaining better care for individuals, better health for populations and reducing per-capita costs. The proposed rule outlines how CMS will define the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) that will be eligible to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

“The CMS has signaled a shift from provider-centric payment to rewarding patient-centric care coordination,” stated Susan Nedza, MD, MBA, FACEP, Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles. “Understanding how this program will impact health care delivery and payment is critical for health care professionals and organizations currently participating in the traditional Medicare Fee-For-Service Program."

“HealthyCircles is proud to host this webinar on ACOs and to interpret this information in an approachable manner, in an interactive format,” stated James Mault, MD, FACS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of HealthyCircles. “We [HealthyCircles] always strive to be on the forefront of innovation in health care and have insight that is highly regarded and respected in the industry.”

HealthyCircles, with guest speaker Dr. Susan Nedza, will host Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): Understanding CMS’ Proposal and Impact on Local Health Care Delivery on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 11:00am PST. Attendees from organizations considering adopting this structure are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so please visit http://www.healthycircles.com to confirm your registration today!

About Dr. Susan Nedza
Dr. Susan Nedza, a nationally recognized physician leader is the Vice President of Strategic Clinical Solution at HealthyCircles, LLC. Her broad experience as a board-certified emergency medicine specialist, as a Chief Medical Officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and most recently as senior executive at the American Medical Association (AMA), have given her a unique vantage point at the confluence of clinical care, health care delivery systems and health care policy. While at CMS, Dr. Nedza led efforts to implement the Medicare Drug Benefit at the regional level and helped to design and implement the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI), the first Medicare pay-for-reporting program for health care professionals. At the AMA, Dr. Nedza was responsible for defining and implementing the clinical quality and patient safety strategy. Most recently, she served as Medical Director for Clinical Practice Solutions and launched AMAFluHelp.org, the first national HIT driven clinical suite of decision support tools in response to the H1N1 pandemic.

Dr. Nedza is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She has served as invited faculty at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, the Master's Program on Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety and in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her research includes recently completed work on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, studying the role that professional organizations can play in helping support physician adoption of Health IT in order to participate in quality improvement collaboratives at the local, regional and state level.

About HealthyCircles
HealthyCircles, a San Diego-based, connected health platform company provides enterprise solutions to Health Plans, Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems and the Pharmaceutical Industry. HealthyCircles is a private-labeled, software-as-a-service model that delivers an integrated suite of products and services connecting health care professionals to patients, their families and their caregivers via a HIPAA secure, care management system.

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