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The Affordable Care Act – On the Doorstep of Open Enrollment

Posted by Stephen Armstrong on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

October 1, 2014 is a historic date in the history of health care in our nation. Open enrollment will commence under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). And whether you support or contest the vision or the execution of this law, it is hard to deny the impact it will have. Today’s primary care practices are on the front lines of this new environment.

In a survey by Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions, 32 percent of surveyed primary care physicians considered it a step in the wrong direction. For both provider and patient, there is much to be educated about and many are still unaware of the details.

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Topics: primary care practice, Affordable Care Act, medical practice management

Accountable Care Organizations: What do they mean for the small independent medical practice?

Posted by Jennifer McDuffee on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 03:46 PM

Health care reform and healthcare economics are prompting the creation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) and other systems that promote value-based, rather than volume-based care.  The government defines an ACO as a group of providers of healthcare services and suppliers who are accountable for the quality, cost and overall care of a population of patients. Participants coordinate care across the continuum and share both the payment and responsibility for the quality of care provided.

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Topics: Hello Health, independent medical practice, Affordable Care Act, videocast, ACOs, accountable care organizations

Meaningful Practice, not just Meaningful Use

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:38 AM

For a couple of years now, the primary care sector has been particularly focused on Meaningful Use. I recently posted about the impact of the Supreme Court decision on the ACA, and how John Loonsk, M.D. of CGI General commented that we need to look beyond the narrow view of EHRs optimized for Meaningful Use incentives to consider the broader opportunities for technology to transform the experience of care.

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Topics: Hello Health, primary care practice, meaningful use incentive, Meaningful use, Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act and your EHR

Posted by Steven Ferguson on Fri, Jul 06, 2012 @ 09:32 AM

Last week’s landmark decision from the Supreme Court clears the way for full implementation of the 906-page healthcare reform law. Know anyone that read it from cover to cover? I didn’t think so. No worries - basically, the law establishes insurance exchanges in each state, prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against the sick, and requires nearly all Americans to prove that they carry health insurance starting in 2014.

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Topics: primary care practice, Electronic health record, meaningful use incentive, small physician practice, free EHR, free EMR, independent primary care, electronic medical record, independent primary care practice, small independent primary care practice, independent physician practice, Meaningful use, accountable care, Affordable Care Act, HITECH

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