Sharp HealthCare in San Diego dropped out of the Medicare Pioneer accountable care organization program, citing fundamental flaws in the program, according to the company's third quarter financial statement.
It's still up in the air when the new proposed rule for the most popular program of the accountable care organization, Medicare Shared Savings Program, will go into effect. While early results from both public and private ACOs show promise of improving care while reducing costs, the Morning Consult high lights three questions about the future of ACOs that remain unanswered.
Sometimes in my role as messenger, I relay practice management advice I don't entirely agree with. This week, I shared one physician's rather rigid stance on employee time theft, which essentially amounted to zero tolerance for staff members' personal use of the Internet or cell phones during work time.
Physicians, frustrated with the higher burden and lower payoff (financial and emotional) of practicing medicine in the United States, seek to take control and make changes to increase their professional satisfaction, according to the latest snapshot provided by Physicians Practice's fifth annual Great American Physician Survey.
Wellness programs aren't just a fad that employers and insurers are temporarily implementing; they're here to stay, according to a recent survey from Optum Resource Center.
Worried that your employees spend too much time slacking off? Institute clear policies that spell out exactly how you expect staff to spend office time and what activities are prohibited, advised Joseph S. Eastern, M.D., a New Jersey–based dermatologist, Oncologypractice.com reported.
Electronic health record vendors take note: More than a quarter of physician practices are in the market to replace their EHRs, and others wish they could, according to a new report from Orem, Utah-based KLAS Research.
Cyberinsurance can be instrumental in weathering a security breach of a provider's electronic health record system, but purchasers should review policies carefully since they vary widely, according to attorney Scott Godes, with Barnes & Thornburg in the District of Columbia.
With 4,000 to 8,000 fee-based practices so far, concierge practices continue to gain in popularity throughout the country. And as more physicians look to profit from the model, one of the movement's leaders, MDVIP, is under fire for what some competitors argue is an unfair monopoly in several U.S. cities, including Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta and Houston, the Boston Globe reported.
If insurers implement certain standards into their provider networks, they can help minority populations receive better care and thereby lower costs, according to a new issue brief from Families USA.