Center for Health & Medical Affairs

Center for Health & Medical Affairs

Awakening the Giant: ACO Collaboration with UnitedHealth Group

Thursday, January 31, 6:00 PM
UST Minneapolis Campus

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Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Center for Health & Medical Affairs at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Financing, Developing and Transitioning 

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) moves forward, a fundamental question for health care systems is when and how to develop an ACO with value-driven payment models. This session will focus on ways in which health system management teams can understand ACO implementation issues and identify the best approaches to making a successful transition.

An interesting opportunity in this transition is the development of new relationships with major health plans such as UnitedHealth Group. In the new, reformed world, health plans will be a part of the overall solution and data that they possess will be key to clinical and financial success.  This session will look at effective approaches to partner with health plans to leverage data for strategic advantage.

Learning Objectives:

  • Legal and structural sides of ACO development
  • Financial model transitions from fee for service (FFS) to value-based payment
  • Analytics and how to use data to inform clinical and financial decision-making

About the Speaker:

Chris Pricco is the senior vice president of Accountable Care Solutions at Optum. He joined OptumHealth in 2005 as vice president of network development and product management. In this role, Pricco developed strategies for contracting with transplant and dialysis providers and served as the operations lead for the network development department. He then moved into a role of vice president of disease solutions, where he was responsible for product development and management of care coordination and chronic disease management programs. In 2007, he moved into the role of chief operating officer for OptumHealth Care Solutions’ Complex Medical Conditions group before taking on the role of chief operating officer of Accountable Care Solutions at Optum in the fall of 2011. Pricco took on his current role as the senior vice president of Accountable Care Solutions in the summer of 2012.

Prior to joining OptumHealth, Pricco was the CEO of Renaissance Health Care, a renal disease management company, where he was also CFO. Pricco’s background also includes the CFO role of a 130-physician multi-specialty clinic, as well as consulting with hospitals and physician practices as part of Deloitte Consulting.

Pricco has a B.S. degree in biochemistry/molecular biology and an MBA degree in accounting/health care financial management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

View a copy of his presentation (PDF)

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5:30 - 6 p.m.: Check-in & networking
6 - 7:30 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A

Cost: Free

Event Details:
Thursday, January 31, 6:00 PM

University of St. Thomas
Opus College of Business
46 11th Street South
Schulze Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Presented/Sponsored by Johnson Controls, Inc.

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