Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are comprised of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers working together to provide coordinated, high quality care to Medicare patients.
- Learning Collaboratives
- Accountable Care
- Payment Reform
- Patient Engagement
- Care Delivery Systems
- Medicaid and CHIP
Craig Schneider is a leader in promoting accountable care, developing and implementing payment reform strategies, and engaging stakeholders across the health care system to improve consumer engagement, efficiency, and quality. Schneider has a leading role in health research with broad implications for today's health care policy issues.
He is currently project director of the Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Implementation and Monitoring Contract project for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The AHC Model connects clinical care with social determinants of health – known as health-related social needs in the AHC Model – such as housing, nutrition, and personal safety issues. Previously he was project director for the Learning Systems for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) project for CMMI, facilitating learning collaboratives for hundreds of ACOs participating in several different Medicare ACO models. Schneider is also an implementation researcher for the evaluation of two sites participating in the CMMI Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two program, one that seeks to improve kidney disease care and the other that focuses on delivering palliative care services.
Schneider previously served as director of health care policy at the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium (MHDC), a nonprofit organization that promotes health information technology and health information exchange. At MDHC, Schneider oversaw knowledge-sharing activities such as conferences, co-chaired multi-stakeholder initiatives including the Chief Information Officers Forum, and led other collaborative projects on critical health information technology issues. In a career spanning more than a decade at CMS, Schneider served as manager of New England's regional provider reimbursement branch and project officer for quality improvement organizations in several eastern states, among other positions.
The author of many professional papers and presentations, Schneider holds a Ph.D. in health policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and an MBA in public management from Boston University. Among his many professional activities and appointments, he was a long-term member of the board of directors and continues to be co-chair of the program committee of the National Association of Health Data Organizations. He is also a member of the board of directors of the New England chapter of the Health Information Management and Systems Society (HIMSS) and serves as co-chair of the speakers committee.
Bridging the Gap: Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health
The Accountable Health Communities Model initiative is an opportunity to apply a standard approach to identifying and addressing health-related social needs among Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to reduce health care utilization and cost.
Creating Collaborative and Innovative Learning Systems for Accountable Care Organizations
Mathematica created and implemented comprehensive learning systems for accountable care organizations, including Pioneer, End-Stage Renal Disease Seamless Care Organizations (ESCOs), as well as Shared Savings Program, including Advance Payment ACOs. Our partners in this endeavor include Collaborative...
CHCE Forum: Measuring High Performers and Assessing Readiness to Change: Looking Beyond the Lamppost
New payment models and other incentive programs are encouraging practices to shift their health care from fee-for-service to value-based purchasing systems, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs), bundled payment models, and primary care medical homes (PCMHs).