Optimizing Your Ambulatory Care Services Strategy: Four Factors For Success

by Carol Davis, Principal
Becker's Hospital Review
August 2017

  In today’s healthcare environment, convenient access to ambulatory services is more important than ever before. In part due to the introduction of value-based payment models that reward providers for lowering the total cost of care for patients, inpatient volumes in many markets have been flat or declining for several years. Success under value-based payment […]

Thinking About Developing a Freestanding Emergency Department? Four Reasons to Reconsider

by Carol Davis, Principal & Laura Zacchigna, Manager
Becker's Hospital Review
February 2018

There has been tremendous growth in freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs), with a more than 100% increase in the number of such EDs between 2008 and 2016. The popularity of FSEDs is rooted in their potential to increase community access to vital healthcare resources. Consumers perceive them as having more extensive clinical capabilities than an urgent […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Develop Ambulatory Care Satellites

by Craig E. Holm, Director

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Despite the attention being given to potential repeal of the Accountable Care Act, we can be reasonably certain that some aspects of health care reform are unlikely to be overhauled anytime soon—or possibly, at all. Among these is the shift to and emphasis on value-based payment, with its focus on providing high quality care in […]

Transforming Primary Care

by Daniel M. Grauman, Managing Director & CEO & John Harris, Director
HFM Blog
December 2013

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As the employers of many primary care physicians, hospitals and health systems must decide whether to move toward a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model of care or stick with traditional practice models. A PCMH can help with a crucial new task: reducing costs and meeting quality targets through better management of chronically ill patients. Interestingly, […]

Urgent Care Centers: Trends and Valuations

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director
HFM Blog
March 2014

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Urgent care is one of the fastest-growing segments in health care, projected to grow almost 40 percent, to $18 billion, by 2017. Drivers include a projected increase in the insured population, a shortage of primary care physicians, the lower cost of urgent care compared with emergency department (ED) visits, and the potential of urgent care […]

The Maine Track: Addressing the Primary Care Physician Shortage Head On

A uniquely Maine curriculum and reserved and subsidized slots for Maine students are just two of many innovations in place at a partnership between Maine’s largest hospital, Maine Medical Center, and Tufts University School of Medicine.  Tufts and Maine Medical Center jointly recruit and select students in the co-governed program that awards a combined diploma […]