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ACOs: Understanding Them From A Physician Perspective

ACOs: Understanding Them From A Physician Perspective


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Randy W. Cook, MPH, FACMPE

With the final ACO (Accountable Care Organization) rules published by CMS in October of 2011, many medical practices will be now be faced with needing to understand how ACOs work. In addition, physicians and practices will need to make choices about which ACOs are the best fit -- which would be the best for them to participate in. This very practical session will provide a basic understanding of ACO elements, structures and economic forces. Attendees will learn how to evaluate a proposed ACO agreement and how to determine the best alignment strategies. For practices interested in establishing their own, hospital independent, ACO, they will learn how to get started and where to find additional resources.

Join Randy Cook to get the no-nonsense information on ACOs and their impact on you and your practice. Take it from us...Randy is a terrific presenter and you will find your 90-minute investment a smart one!

Session Objectives:
  • Attendees will get a distilled summary of the final ACO Rule, focused on issues important to medical practices
  • Learn how to evaluate any ACO developing their market
  • Review the context of ACOs, the PPACA, focused on this issues medical practices need to know
  • Understand basic organizational types for an ACO

  • Meet Our Expert Speaker:

    Randy W. Cook is seasoned healthcare professional with a comprehensive background across multiple healthcare industry sectors. Randy started on the provider side as a mental health counselor. For 9 years Randy worked in the payer sector running operations in various markets for John Deere Health Care. With Columbia/HCA Randy experienced healthcare from the hospital perspective. Joining UniPhy and later at State Volunteer Mutual Insurance Company Randy has seen the healthcare industry through the eyes of physician practices. By starting Meritus, LLC and now AmpliPHY Physician Services Randy applies entrepreneurial skills to healthcare.

    With over 30 years of experience Randy has seen ideas come and go. Using a grounded sense of patient care, how people work together, and distinguishing what works from what doesn't Randy has come to believe that only physicians can lead the transformation of the American healthcare system. The key element for success is physician leadership partnered with management know-how. Randy applies this belief, experience, skill and knowledge at AmpliPHY Physician Services. AmpliPHY is focused on helping physicians lead the transformation of healthcare in their own markets.

    Randy is a frequent public speaker on topics ranging from negotiating skills to the future of healthcare. He is also the author of numerous professional articles on similar topics. He has a bachelor's degree from Carson-Newman College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Tennessee. Randy is a Certified Medical Practice Executive and a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

    Moderator: Nancy Collins, Publisher of The Journal of Medical Practice Management®