5 Strategies for Aligning Physician Compensation with Value-Based Performance

by Amanda Brown, MHA

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 healthcare reimbursement is tied to value. This presents healthcare leaders with a dilemma: How can we engage physicians in value-based payment models when so little […]

Adjusting wRVUs for Modifiers when Compensating Physicians: The How and the Why

by Karin Chernoff Kaplan, Director

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 with good reason. The risks of not applying CPT code modifiers—such as an inability to objectively measure performance—are significant. Why should healthcare organizations that employ […]

Checklist: Discussing Onboarding Issues Before Closing a Physician Practice Acquisition

by Rudd Kierstead, Principal

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Many of the reasons why physician practice acquisitions come apart after the deals are finalized fall under the category of “operational incompatibility.” Too often, the team that negotiates the deal is not the same team that is charged with operationalizing the deal. As a result, potential administrative and management problems — from physician appointment schedules […]

Tips for Successfully Handling Physician Compensation During Practice Acquisition

by Stuart J. Schaff, Senior Manager

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Compensation is often a make-or-break deal point in a hospital’s acquisition of a physician practice. Prospective physician employees will naturally compare what they will earn post-acquisition to what they currently earn as practice owners, partners, or employees. From the hospital employer’s perspective, discussions around physician compensation provide important opportunities to win physicians over and to […]

Independent Orthopedists: Arm’s-Length Relationships Are No Longer Enough

by Michael Rovinsky, Director & Sean Looby, Manager
HFM Blog
March 2018

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For most hospitals and health systems, orthopedic services are a major contributor to the bottom line and indirectly support many other critical acute care services. Demand for orthopedic services is increasing—but so is competition among providers. To protect orthopedic share and margin in this environment, it will be essential for health systems and hospitals to […]

Three Factors to Consider in Developing High-Performing Ambulatory Care Networks

by Craig Holm, Director & Meredith Inniger, Manager
HFM Blog
April 2018

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Healthcare organizations are moving beyond opportunistic physician practice acquisition and medical office building development to a more proactive, systematic approach to care and service. To become an ambulatory care leader, an organization must address the following three key factors. Optimal Service Mix and Configuration The organization should start by defining the ambulatory care service mix […]

Fostering Physician Motivation: Compensation is Just The Beginning

by Stuart J. Schaff, Senior Manager
Becker's Hospital Review
November 10, 2017

  Like most employees, physicians benefit from a supportive environment. Unfortunately, many hospitals and health systems rush right past creating such an environment, instead immediately asking newly employed physicians to increase production, optimize in-house referrals, reduce emergency department use, pay more attention to cost, and support other initiatives. Read the full article on Becker’s Hospital […]

Different Economics, Different Payment: Call Coverage Stipends for Employed vs. Independent Physicians

by Stuart J. Schaff, Senior Manager & Matthew Raible, Senior Associate

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Physician employment agreements now commonly include compensation for services beyond basic clinical services; they may also provide compensation for medical directorships, teaching, on-call payments, and so on. We have found that physicians transitioning to hospital employment are generally accepting of clinical compensation models that include a base salary coupled with productivity and quality incentives. However, […]