Improving ACO Efficiency and Effectiveness: Getting the Data you Want and Need

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Recently, Song and Fisher published a Viewpoint in JAMA1 entitled, “The ACO experiment in infancy – Looking Back and Looking Forward”.  In the piece, they note three data related capabilities ACOs need to succeed; each of which EagleDream Health provides to its customers. First, the authors state, “If internal incentives or transparency in performance among physicians help motivate…

Medicine: The Evolving Team Sport

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Kocher and Chigurupati, in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective piece entitled “The coming battle over shared savings – Primary care physicians versus specialists1, describe the likely scenarios for specialists in the new world of value based payment systems. As contracts are signed that cover the care of a population over time, hospitals and specialists become cost…

Changing Physician Behavior Takes More Than Money

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In a recent JAMA Forum published in JAMA July 5, 2016, Gail Wilensky, PhD, a leading health economist, Senior Fellow at Project Hope and a former senior health advisor to President George H.W. Bush, bemoaned the failure of financial incentives to change physician behavior1. Using the results of the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (http://bit.ly/1XUE3kx), the Medicare Group Practice…

EDH Chief Medical Officer Reflects on Treating an American Icon

In the mid-80s, EagleDream Health Chief Medical Officer Howard Beckman unexpectedly became the primary care physician for one of the greatest figures in America history.  Dr. Beckman tells his amazing and uplifting story in the Profiles in Professionalism feature on the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation website.  We hope you’ll take a moment to read the profile and enjoy it as much as we did.

Finding the Right Balance Between Measurement and Improvement

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In the April 5, 2016 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Don Berwick, MD offers an insightful interpretation of the health care landscape.1 He describes three eras of medicine and healthcare. Era 1 is the ascendancy of the profession, anchored in beneficence and professionalism. During this time, physicians were trusted to do the right…

Eric Allyn Invests in EagleDream Health Series A, Joins Board of Directors

Former Co-Chair of Welch Allyn Board of Directors and fourth generation family owner brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare Rochester, NY, April 19, 2016 – EagleDream Health, Inc., a leading value-based healthcare data analytics, software and services company, today announced a Series A investment by Mr. Eric Allyn, the fourth generation family owner and co-chair of the Welch Allyn Inc. board of directors prior to the company’s sale…

Managing a Population’s Costs of Care

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health Powers and Chaguturu1, in their Perspectives piece in the New England Journal of Medicine titled ACO’s and High-Cost Patients, note that the highest cost 1% of patients in Medicare, commercial and Medicaid products have different cost profiles. Medicare high cost patients average eight chronic diseases and more than half had end-stage sequel of IHD, HF or CKD.   Their…

How Practice Groups can use Reference Pricing Wisely

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health In a recent Health Affairs Blog titled Appropriate Use of Reference Pricing Can Increase Value1, Ann Boynton and Jamie Robinson argue that 1) “Reference pricing addresses the wide variation in the prices changed for similar services across the health care sector”, 2) “Price variation is due in part to market consolidation and to regulatory carriers to new provider…

We will Never Solve the Problem of Cost and Finance, by Focusing on Cost and Finance

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health On January 7, 2016, HealthLeaders Media ran a story titled Don Berwick on Better Care as a Route to Financial Success. In that article, the author quotes Dr. Berwick as saying, “we will never solve the problem of cost and finance by focusing on cost and finance.” Instead, it will be resolved “by focusing on the design and redesign…

The Value of Peer Comparison Data

By Howard Beckman, MD, FACP, FAACH, Chief Medical Officer – EagleDream Health EagleDream Health (EDH) is a healthcare data analytics company that has long championed the value of sharing peer comparison data. Chief Medical Officer Howard Beckman, MD has provided many examples of practitioners changing their behavior when provided evidence that their choices ran counter to BOTH best clinical evidence and their peers behavior1-3. Now, further evidence of the benefits…