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Accountable Care and Independent Practice: Can they Coexist?

Posted by Jennifer McDuffee on Wed, Apr 02, 2014 @ 11:29 AM

It’s happening right before our eyes. The health care system is transitioning away from volume-based care and reimbursement in favor of payment models that emphasize outcomes and cost.Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are a good example of a construct that supports the emerging fee-for-value methodology. With no formal definition, there are many different types of organizations that could be considered an ACO, but the category may be best defined as a group that promotes coordination between payers, providers and patients to improve outcomes within the patient population.

Is there room for the independent medical practice in the ACO model? Hello Health explored this question in March 2013 in our independent medical practice videocast series.

One year later, we’re revisiting the issue with a subject matter expert from Software Advice.

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Topics: independent medical practice, videocast, ACOs, accountable care organizations

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

New Videocast Series Focuses on Unique Challenges of the Independent Medical Practice

Posted by Jennifer McDuffee on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

Hello Health is pleased to introduce “Provider to Provider,” a new videocast series that examines issues impacting today’s independent medical practice. This month’s session focuses on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), including ways the PCMH concept is evolving, and the steps that primary care practices can and should be taking to prepare for outcomes-based care and reimbursement models. 

According to Ted Wymyslo, M.D., while many physicians believe the platforms they are currently using are sufficient, the PCMH model helps modernize many of the electronic processes and systems that clinicians already have in place. Whether a practice has one or 20 clinicians, there are overwhelming benefits from combining information from a number of sources into one central medical home – a home to all of the information that is pertinent to a person’s health and well-being.

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Topics: small physician practice, independent physician practice, videocast, Patient Centered Medical Home, PCMH, Ted Wymyslo

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