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CMS opens bundled payment initiative February 01, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to test how bundling payments for episodes of care can result in more coordinated care for beneficiaries and lower costs for Medicare, the agency announced on Jan. 31. More than 500 healthcare organizations are expected to participate in the initial stage. The American Medical Association urged CMS to provide additional opportunities for physician practices to participate.
Norovirus gutting globe, hits U.S. hard January 31, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a majority of the current crop of cases — 54 percent of cases from September-December 2012, and now nearly 60 percent of all cases heading into the new year — share the strand designation of GII.4 Sydney, the newest norovirus strain originating from Australia.
Physicians seen as key to Medicare reform January 31, 2013 | Kaiser Health News - www.kaiserhealthnews.org
Panelists at a health policy summit in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29 agreed that solutions to address inefficiencies in the Medicare system should begin at the ground level with physicians, community members and patients.
Study to track practices' EHR workflow January 30, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Research commissioned by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will examine six small- to medium-sized practices that are moving to a patient-centered medical home model to analyze the relationship between health IT and workflow redesign.
Majority of cardiology practices integrated January 29, 2013 | Frank Irving - Editor
Fifty-three percent of cardiology practices responding to MedAxiom's recently released "2013 Annual Integration Report" said they are now fully integrated, meaning that their practice has been acquired by a hospital with their physicians employed by a hospital entity or is operating under either a co-management agreement or professional service agreement.
Beer molecules may spur new meds January 29, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
An investigation into the mysterious processes of humulones has potentially turned nearly 40 years of scientific literature on its head and could, if all goes well, bring about the development of new pharmaceuticals to be used in diabetes and cancer treatment, among other conditional therapies.
ACP motions to reduce firearm deaths January 28, 2013 | Madelyn Kearns - Associate Editor
The American College of Physicians has become the latest medical entity to align and embed itself in the nation’s mounting prerogative to prevent violence, injury and death as a result of firearms.
HIE vision calls for 'data liquidity' January 28, 2013 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
Health information exchange took center stage during an online "listening session" organized Jan. 17 by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Participants relayed their experience and shared the challenges they've faced in gearing up for widespread exchange of health information.

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Are your financials in need of a checkup? March 02, 2012 | Kirk Simpson - CEO of Wave Accounting
No one opens their own practice with the intention of getting buried in financial administration and paperwork. In an ideal world, healthcare providers focus on quality care rather than worrying about compensation structures, outstanding accounts receivable and tax deductions.
How health systems approach physician compensation February 27, 2012 | Stephanie Bouchard - Associate Editor
Physician compensation can be one of the most challenging aspects of formulating a business plan when healthcare systems and practices align. But success in this area often comes from keeping things simple, transparent and straightforward. Here are some of the approaches organizations take to achieve successful physician compensation plans.
Tackling the overwhelming: Planning tips for IT implementation projects February 23, 2012 | Ken Bradley - Vice President, Strategic Planning, Navicure
With the HIPAA 5010 conversion drawing to a close and the ICD-10 transition in flux, it may seem like physician practices are spending considerable time and effort preparing for, engaging in, and responding to large-scale system upgrades. These kinds of multi-faceted implementations can be daunting, particularly if a practice tries to address their many parts simultaneously.
The care and feeding of your inbound referral pipeline February 22, 2012 | Lonnie Hirsch - Founding Partner, Healthcare Success Strategies, Stewart Gandolf, MBA - CEO, Healthcare Success Strategies
In physician marketing, direct referrals into the practice often represent a large and significant segment of new business development, which, regrettably, is often a neglected part of the doctor marketing plan. Here are seven guiding principles to keep a referral pipeline flowing.
10 tips for optimal social media use January 31, 2012 | Michelle McNickle - New Media Producer
The days of tweeting, Yelp-ing, and checking-in are here to stay. But as social media's use expands, certain guidelines are needed to ensure its "optimal" practice in the healthcare realm. Christina Thielst offers 10 tips for proper use of social media in healthcare.

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Why practice marketing and communications? January 18, 2012 | Cindy Thomas Wright - Physician Practice Marketing
In a perfect or simple world, physicians wouldn't have to concern themselves with practice operations, documentation requirements, patient registration and, of all things, marketing. Instead, doctors and clinicians would just focus on diagnosing and treating patients.
Drucker and Osler: business and medicine January 18, 2012 | Arlen Meyers - CEO, Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
I recently was rereading parts of some of my favorite books and was struck by two passages by two giants in business and medicine: Peter Drucker, the management guru; and Sir William Osler, one of the founders of modern medical education.
Stock market expectations: follow the secular cycle January 17, 2012 | Jeff Bogue - Bogue Asset Management
Most people are relying on the stock market to provide for their retirement and other long term goals. However, the stock market has been nothing but disappointing for most people over the past decade. To be a successful investor, one important key is to understand the current secular cycle.
Improving the way hospitals and doctors are paid January 04, 2012 | Kester Freeman - Retired CEO of Palmetto Health
What strikes me about the current moment in healthcare is that the new accountable care regulations attempt to make the concept of shared savings more attractive to hospitals and physicians.
Reading the Supreme Court Tea Leaves January 04, 2012 | Roger Collier - Health Care Reform Update
The announcement on November 14 that the Supreme Court will review various aspects of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act has set legal experts to guessing possible outcomes.

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