3 Ways for ACOs to leverage People and Process

CMS is excited about the success of their next generation Accountable Care Organizations, reporting savings of $18/member/month which resulted in an annual savings of $62 million dollars. Next generation ACOs are taking 80% to 100% downside risk, so these organizations are extremely motivated to generate savings. Seema Verma is encouraging shared savings ACOs to move […]

3 Ways to Help Families Make Medical Moves

I regularly share stories and worries with friends who have aging parents and in-laws. I know that I am not alone in wishing our health care delivery system was better connected. Being a physician and administrator, I have been on multiple sides of this equation. As Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, I contributed to comprehensive […]

3 Tips on Internships and Workforce

  It has been a pleasure to host another talented group of pre-medical students from my alma mater Wabash College this summer.  Wabash has developed a wonderful program called the Global Health Initiative which provides students experiential learning opportunities addressing social determinants of health and health care disparities in the context of a liberal arts […]

5 Ways Hospitals Can Drive Population Health with Their Communities

The conventional wisdom during recent years has been health care system consolidation which includes both physician employment and hospital mergers. There are numerous potential advantages which include group purchasing, improved contracting, and standardization of services. In theory, this should result in lower costs to patients but rarely if ever does. Instead, community hospitals should be […]

Value-Based Payment for Specialists: 3 Models Build on Primary and Pharmacy Care

How can specialists participate in value-based payment care? Value-based payment requires the deeper use of electronic health records (EHR) to capture and transmit standardized data.  This analysis will include a review of 3 working models that specialists should consider joining to enhance both clinical and financial performance. These models include high-functioning primary care and pharmacy networks […]

3 Steps to Profitable Care Management for Medical Homes — Lessons from Networks and Community Pharmacies…

There is endless coverage from pundits about how value-based payment will change the future of physician practice.  However, go to any busy primary care provider and you see how difficult it is to keep the business going. Family physicians and pediatricians are an amazingly dedicated group of professionals that have demonstrated their value over several […]