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Is Now the Right Time for a Cardiology Lease Agreement? 4 Things to Consider
12/17/2019

Fifteen years ago, the move toward adding stress testing, nuclear testing, and more to cardiology practices’ in-office offerings began to pick up speed as physicians realized they could increase practice… READ MORE

Primary Care First: Frequently Asked Questions
12/04/2019

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… READ MORE

One Size Does Not Fit All: Your Ambulatory Services Must Be Tailored to the Value Equation of Each Consumer Segment
10/17/2019

If your ambulatory network is the only provider in town, and it is providing high-quality services at reasonable rates that meet the community’s needs, those characteristics will likely position your… READ MORE

Merging for Value: 4 Key Benefits from the Beth Israel Lahey Health Merger
10/16/2019

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… READ MORE

Physician Engagement in Employed Physician Enterprises: Going Deeper
08/01/2019

You want to reduce physician subsidies in your employed physician enterprise, and you have numerous initiatives to increase physician engagement under way. What matters, however, is not the number of… READ MORE

Recruiting Specialty Physicians Through Practice Leasing
07/26/2019

Physicians who generate significant income from procedural or technical/ancillary components of their practice have understandable concerns that an employment relationship with a health system or hospital will not be financially… READ MORE

A New Way to Affiliate: Health System Equity Investment in Physician Groups
07/11/2019

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… READ MORE

Micro-Hospitals: Short-Term Fad or Promising Market Growth Strategy?
07/09/2019

Many conversations we have with hospital and health system executives about market growth strategies eventually turns to the topic of micro-hospitals — and for good reason. These facilities typically include… READ MORE

5 Strategies for Aligning Physician Compensation with Value-Based Performance
06/25/2019

The move toward value-based contracts is happening “in small doses,” a 2018 MGMA survey found. While nearly three out of five hospitals participate in value-based contracts, just 34 percent of… READ MORE

Adjusting wRVUs for Modifiers when Compensating Physicians: The How and the Why
06/18/2019

The use of CPT code modifiers to adjust work relative value units (wRVUs) under physician compensation models has become a universal practice among hospitals and health systems that employ physicians—and… READ MORE

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