Dr. David Edward Marcinko, FACFAS MBA, Institute of Medical Business Advisors, Inc.
"The author offers various models and policy initiatives, some of which are in partial test, and updates on other initiatives at beginning stages of organization."
Blue Heron Journal, March 2014
An excerpt from the foreword:
Although many authors, including the one writing this foreword, have previously attempted to explain the ACO concept in practical terms, virtually no one thought to thoroughly analyze the financial underpinnings of this model until Bob Cimasi decided to write this book. What an ambitious work it is! Even though most existing ACOs remain gestational or in their earliest years of operation, Mr. Cimasi and his associates at Health Capital Consultants have managed to assemble an authoritative body of information on this rapidly evolving subject and to present their findings in an easily understood manner.
Together with many of my colleagues in the American health law bar, I have long respected Bob Cimasi’s passion and talent for unraveling complex healthcare equations and objectively assigning value to all or part of a business or relationship. That was difficult enough to do in a traditional fee-for-service environment; it will be much harder as the nation transitions to shared savings, bundled payments and other new methods of value-based purchasing. With the publication of Accountable Care Organizations: Value Metrics and Capital Formation, readers will now have insight on the principles and methods Mr. Cimasi and his team of experts carefully use to appraise transactions within a changing healthcare payment and delivery system. This text is much more than a compilation of educational resources on a currently hot topic. Rather, it could become a seminal work relied upon by all stakeholders in a transformed healthcare marketplace. I cannot think of anyone more qualified than Bob Cimasi to take on such a daunting task.
It is always a privilege to be asked to read a manuscript before it becomes publicly available. This time, however, I found reading Accountable Care Organizations: Value Metrics and Capital Formation to be like looking through a window on a brave new world. I found myself asking: is this finally the way Americans will learn how to assure quality, efficiency and fairness in one of the most important aspects of their daily lives? I hope the readers of this book will be challenged to ask that same question as they seek to understand the ins and outs of ACOs.
Peter A. Pavarini, Esq Partner, Squire Sanders (US) LLP, July 2012