David Introcaso, Ph.D., is vice president of policy and operations at the National Association of ACOs. Dr. Introcaso has had a long career in health care delivery, research, and policy in Washington, D.C. His

prior experience includes time spent at DC General working in acute care and consulting with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in post‐acute care. He has served as the Agency for

Healthcare Research and Quality’s evaluation officer and as a public health analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at DHHS. Dr. Introcaso worked on the Hill in the Office

of the House Majority Leader (Congressman Steny Hoyer) and has consulted with a long list of clients including the American Heart Association, the American Public Health Association, the National Institute of Nursing Research and the UnitedHealth Group. His community work addresses adult literacy, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, food banking, midwifery services and other issues. Among other awards, Dr. Introcaso was a four‐year W. K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellow. He has taught as an adjunct at the University of Chicago and The George Washington University and he

completed his undergrad and graduate studies at Arizona State and Rutgers University.

Recent Posts by David Introcaso

MSSP Year Two: Medicare ACOs Show Muted Success

Performance Year Two results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) show muted success. We summarize these results, analyze some of the challenges facing the MSSP, and suggest what policymakers can do to meet those challenges and invigorate the program.

Medicare’s Rush To Risk: Confounding Theory And Practice, Leaving ACOs Vulnerable

While tying payment to value makes perfect sense, transforming the Medicare program without the evidence that explains how to do this does not. By confounding theory and practice, CMS has made pay for value, a means by which cost efficiency and clinical practice can be improved, an end in itself.

The Time Is Now To Fix Medicare ACOs

This past January 20th, the Department of Health And Human Services established national Medicare pay-for-value goals. By 2016, the Department intends to tie 30 percent of Medicare payments, and by 2018 50 percent of payments, to quality or value through alternative payment models. Medicare...

Not Even Discussed In Private Rooms: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Abuse Survivors

There is a health crisis in this country (as well as worldwide) that adversely affects one-fifth of the US population. Consequences of this crisis manifest in a wide variety of serious disease conditions. Physically it can exhibit as cancer and/or as any number of equally severe mental...

January 30, 2013Costs and Spending, Public Health

PCORI’s Problem: Reasons Are Not Causes

Editor's note: In another Health Affairs Blog post also published today, Joe Selby, the executive director of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, responds to David Introcaso's post below. For more on the concept of patient centeredness, comparative effectiveness research, and the...