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Brief ACO News (BACON) Podcast Series

BACON is the MaineHealth ACO’s podcast for providers, offering relevant news and engaging interviews delivered in brief monthly episodes. Hosted by practicing physicians Julie Grosvenor and Mike Clark, the show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Click on episode names below for audio and related content.

Episode 21 - New Clinical Documentation Guides

The ACO has released Basics and Beyond, a series of clinical documentation guides that provide condition-specific advice on precision coding. In this episode, the ACO’s Eiren Menhennitt introduces the guides. Also, Dr. Scot Remick discusses new opportunities for Maine patients to participate in clinical trials.

Episode 20 - Innovating Primary Care Payment

More than two dozen primary care practices participating in the ACO will join Primary Care First. Amol Navathe, MD, PhD, a health policy researcher and expert in the model, joins us to discuss. Also, MMC’s Gary Hocheiser, MD, introduces the MATRIx program.

Episode 19 - Our Medicare Shared Savings Program Results

MaineHealth ACO Chief Medical Officer Rob Chamberlin, MD, joins Julie and Mike to explore financial and quality results just in from the 2019 performance year of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

Episode 18 – A Medicare Reimbursement Increase
With MaineHealth ACO President Jen Moore, Julie and Mike discuss the link between ACO participants’ performance in the Medicare Incentive-based Payment System (MIPS) and a bump in Medicare reimbursement.

Episode 17 – Innovation Grant Winners

We announce the projects that won innovation grants from the MaineHealth ACO this year and take a close look at one of them, an effort led by Maine Medical Partners dermatologist Elizabeth Seiverling, MD, to train and engage primary care providers in early detection of skin cancers.

Episode 16 – Finding Community Resources & Curbside Vaccination

MaineHealth introduces a new searchable database of local socio-economic assistance programs and a LincolnHealth pediatric practice quickly stands up a curbside vaccination program during the pandemic.

Episode 15 - Race and Two Kinds of Performance

Commentary on racial inequity, plus a look at positive utilization performance numbers from the ACO's new annual report and an interview with MidCoast doctors who've been performing together in a rock band for 20 years.

Episode 14 - The Telehealth Genie

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said recently that the “genie is out of the bottle” when it comes to telehealth. So, how will telehealth change the nature of medical practice? How should providers prepare? In this episode, co-host Mike Clark, MD, poses those questions and more to telehealth expert Danielle Louder of the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center.

Episode 13 - Resuming In-Person Care

We explore how MaineHealth plans to resume in-person care for patients with time-sensitive conditions, learn about a new resiliency-building Project ECHO offering for providers and introduce you to new “coding cards” to help specialists increase the precision of their clinical documentation.

Episode 12 - Uncertainty and Gratitude

Two primary care physicians share personal reflections on the pandemic in Maine so far – private practices overcome financial uncertainty, gratitude for colleagues, the imposter complex, camaraderie and coming out the other side.

Episode 11 - Patient Experience & Choosing SNFs

Mike and Julie discuss HealthGrades and MGMA that ranked Maine doctors last in a “patient sentiment” survey and other aspects of patient experience with Omar Hasan, MD, MaineHealth’s chief quality and safety officer.

Episode 10 - Big Changes at the Top

Mike and Julie interview the incoming and outgoing presidents of the ACO. Plus, Kristen Silvia, MD, updates us on MaineHealth’s integrated medication assisted treatment (iMAT) program for patients with opioid use disorder.

Episode 9 - How We Did

What kind of success did providers and the ACO see in 2019? Also, Amanda Powell applies shared decision making to increasing colorectal cancer screening among diverse patients and Sarah Shepherd compares her roles as ED clinician and improv actor.

Episode 8 - What’s the Point of an ACO, Anyway?

We get back to basics and discuss why accountable care organizations exist. Also, Kathryn Galbraith makes the most of payer incentives and Janet Fowle encourages providers to volunteer at one of Maine’s most celebrated summer camps.

Episode 7 - Medicare Imaging Regulation, Shirley Frederick, Nicole Donahue

We discuss new Medicare rules for ordering advanced imaging, Shirley Frederick talks about her early dementia screening pilot in Sanford and Franklin Health Pediatrics’ Nicole Donahue introduces efforts to address food insecurity among patients and families.

Episode 6 - Dr. Greg Leach, Dr. Rob Chamberlin, Medicare Advantage

Learn why MaineHealth is getting into Medicare Advantage plans and what it means for providers, hear how an ancient Chinese movement practice is helping patients recover mobility, meet our new CMO.

Episode 5 - Dr. Elizabeth Eisenhardt, Dr. Doug Sawyer, Quality Measures

We respond to provider questions about the ACO’s quality measures, Elizabeth Eisenhardt discusses engaging residents in quality improvement and Doug Sawyer reflects on his role as volunteer cardiologist at the Greater Portland Health community-based health clinic.

Episode 4 - Dr. Brad Samojla, Dr. Nicole Cherbuliez, from PHO to ACO

This month's topics range from the joys of telescribes to a brief history of the evolution of the ACO to running the Boston marathon at age 50.

Episode 3 - Dr. Kate Herlihy, Dr. Patty Cantlin, Where to Go for Care

Reducing ED utilization is the focus of two segments this month. We introduce the ACO’s Where to Go for Care infographic. Kate Herlihy reviews her successful initiative to reduce pediatric ED visits in western Maine. Patty Cantlin gives a tour of her patient garden at Maine Nephrology Associates.


Episode 2 - Dr. Eric Worthing, Dr. Rifat Zaidi, Clinical Documentation

Better clinical documentation, hypertension control at LincolnHealth and one Maine doctor’s effort to establish and nurture a girls’ school in Pakistan.

Episode 1 - Dr. Rob Merrill and Dr. Dave Johnson, MSSP
We discuss the ACO's future with the Medicare Shared Savings Program and impact on providers. Rob Merrill reveals how he hit all the ACO quality targets in 2018 and Dave Johnson reports on his medical mission to rural India.

BACON is an independent publication of the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.


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