Primary Care First: Frequently Asked Questions

by John Harris, Director
Amanda Brown, Manager

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What is the Primary Care First Program (PCF)? PCF is a voluntary 5-year CMS Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) with two care models—one for “Advanced” primary care and one for high-need, seriously ill Medicare beneficiaries (Seriously Ill Population, or SIP). The latter is aimed primarily at providers who typically provide hospice or palliative services. Practices […]

Merging for Value: 4 Key Benefits from the Beth Israel Lahey Health Merger

by Scott Stuecher, MHA, Veralon

Healthcare megamergers are picking up steam, with the merger of Aurora Health Care and Advocate Health Care completed in 2018 and the merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health (now CommonSpirit Health) finalized earlier this year. Optum also completed their acquisition of DaVita Medical Group in June of this year. It’s a trend that […]

A New Way to Affiliate: Health System Equity Investment in Physician Groups

by Daniel M. Grauman and Benjamin Tudor

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Experts already predict another record-breaking year for private equity investment in physician practices, with 45 deals announced or closed in Q1 2019 alone. As private equity interest in ophthalmology and dermatology stays hot, and as other specialties capture investors’ attention and dollars, some health system leaders are offering an alternative to private equity capital by […]