Is Joining an ACO in Your Future? [Part 1]

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are gaining prominence in healthcare, but can the ACO methodology translate to a small independent practice? Mr. Champlin explores this question and more, including:

  • The cultural and organizational considerations needed for an ACO to succeed
  • How primary care physicians fit into the mix, and
  • Alternatives to ACOs for small practices that want to move to value-based care within their own organization

What you Should Know: Autonomy vs. ACO [Part 2]

If the lure of an employed position with a big health system is pulling you away from private practice, be sure to check out this videocast! Learn whether an employed position is the right cultural fit for you, and if not -- how to stay autonomous and thrive.

About this month's featured speaker:
D. Ryan Champlin, vice president, Cook Children’s Health Services, Inc.

Ryan Champlin

Ryan Champlin joined Cook Children’s Physician Network (CCPN) as vice president of operations in 2001, and has dramatically expanded the organization to employ more than 370 providers who perform nearly 1 million outpatient encounters each year. To share CCPN’s purchasing power, Mr. Champlin created PedsPal, an independent physician organization that has grown to include more than 2,500 physicians in 32 states. Mr. Champlin has extensive experience running primary care organizations. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of the South, and earned a Master’s of Science in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Watch the videocast