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Accountable Care Organizations in the Headlines

Posted 9:50 PM by
There has been an enormous amount of movement, published data, commentary and opinion offered over the last several months surrounding Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Are they here to stay? Is this another HMO of the 90's situation? Who is winning and losing? How do we get started? Did you know that ACO participation is expected to double in 2014?
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Is Accepting Medicare Losing Money for Your Practice?

Posted 4:52 PM by
In the healthcare world today, as reimbursements decline, overhead expenses continue to increase, and it is becoming more and more difficult for independent practices to stay afloat. Physician practices have to put on their business hats and assess the viability of their organization based on their current business model.
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New Bill Introduced to Limit Stark Law’s In-office Ancillary Services Exception

Posted 5:05 PM by
A massive increase in referring physicians’ offerings of ancillary services in recent years has prompted some lawmakers to take action. On Aug. 1, 2013, H.R 2914 was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) stating that “specified non-ancillary services” are not available for the exception, which include advanced diagnostic imaging services, anatomic pathology services, radiation therapy services and supplies, and physical therapy services.
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Should Your Practice Be Utilizing Social Media?

Posted 9:36 PM by
Five years ago, Twitter was only a sparingly used word. Now it has become one of the largest players in a phenomenon known as social media. With millions of users, platforms like Twitter and Facebook are becoming the best way to communicate with a mass audience. 
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Electronic Medical Records: Ready or Not, Here They Come

Posted 8:44 PM by
In today’s healthcare world, both providers and patients have probably heard the term electronic medical records, or EMRs. What is an EMR? What does it mean for physicians and their patients? How will it affect the future of healthcare?
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Video: IBJ Health Care Breakfast Panel Discussion

Posted 6:29 PM by
Mike Heaton, of KSM's Healthcare Resources Group, and his co-panelists discuss how a major influx of newly insured patients could affect access to a relatively fixed number of physicians at the Indianapolis Business Journal's recent Power Breakfast Series on Health Care & Benefits.
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The Appeal of Accountable Care Organizations to Private Practice Physicians

Posted 9:21 PM by
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), the subject of much speculation and debate, are officially a part of the ever-changing landscape of American healthcare. In July of 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that 89 healthcare organizations across the country qualified to become ACOs.
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Hospital Alignment without an Employment Agreement

Posted 2:55 PM by
For one reason or another, many physicians do not want to be employed by a hospital. For many, a co-management arrangement is the answer. The hospital and physician(s) enter into an agreement, where the physician(s) agrees to manage a specific department to improve performance.
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Unexpected Costs in an EHR Implementation

Posted 7:25 PM by
According to a recent article published in Medical Economics, physicians are frequently finding costs of implementing an electronic health record (EHR) system to be above and beyond their original budget for the project. EHR's are becoming much more common and this article provides some good tips for setting an accurate budget for the implementation process.
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Major Changes to the 2013 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

Posted 8:21 PM by
Big changes could be coming to Medicare reimbursement methodology and rates for 2013 according to the latest fee schedule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). While many of the changes appear to have slightly negative effects on reimbursements, the overall plan aims to incentivize the coordination of care among providers and ensure participation in quality of care reporting.
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