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Convurgent Publishing Releases New Book Titled, ‘Accountable Care Organizations: A Roadmap for Success’

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Authors are industry thought leaders: Bruce Flareau, MD, Joanne Bohn, and Colin Konschak

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Healthcare delivery in America is undergoing a transformation. Accountable Care Organizations: A Roadmap for Success: Guidance on First Steps is a guide to establish high-performance accountable care organizations (ACOs). The book is the industry’s first on the topic and presents a culmination of important issues being dealt with by healthcare providers, physician practices, insurers, and government agencies in the movement to establish ACOs in today’s U.S. healthcare delivery system. The authors present a number of concepts drawing upon evidence from the field on many facets that have been written about concerning the start-up and evolution of ACOs as an emerging model for healthcare service delivery.

David Meyer, MD, Chairman of the Board for Cornerstone Healthcare said, “This book provides a well-organized, multifaceted, analysis of these efforts and paves the way to begin the process by understanding the past and projecting potential scenarios for the future of reformed healthcare using the ACO model. It does not limit the reader to a single solution but rather presents multiple options that will need to be explored in unique locations and situations.”

The book covers a number of key topics that are critical for the start-up of ACOs, including:

  • Private and public sector ACO initiatives
  • Health information technology issues, health information exchange and a proposed ACO technology framework
  • The patient-centered medical home and the ACO
  • Governance and alignment issues
  • Anti-trust and regulatory implications
  • Financial model and payment reform issues

With new legislation on the way regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) this book is timely and can provide fresh insights to support development of your ACO start-ups.

Discounts for bulk quantity purchases of the book are available along with a soft cover, hard cover edition and eBook version due out by May 1st. Please contact the publisher for more information at Individual copies can be purchased at

About the Authors

Bruce Flareau, MD, FAAFP, FACPE, CPE is Chief Medical Informatics Officer and Vice President of Physician Alignment for BayCare Health System in Clearwater, FL. As a Family Physician, Academician, President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians and Physician executive, Dr. Flareau has over 20 years of healthcare experience.

Joanne Bohn, MBA is founder of Clinical Horizons, Inc. Joanne focuses on research, planning, and communications initiatives related to healthcare industry transformation and innovation including health information technology and healthcare provider issues.

Colin Konschak, MBA, FACHE, FHIMSS is the managing partner of DIVURGENT, a healthcare management consulting firm. Colin is a registered pharmacist with an MBA in health services administration, is board certified in healthcare management, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Colin leads DIVURGENT’s Advisory Service consulting practice focused on operational and information technology strategies including those related to Accountable Care Organization’s. Colin can be reached at

About Convurgent Publishing

Convurgent Publishing is focused on the publication of textbooks related to a wide range of healthcare topics. Convurgent authors are often tenured healthcare leaders with key positions in hospitals, physician practices and healthcare payer organizations.

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