Practice Notes

Our take on the latest trends and news for medical groups

What does the future of primary care look like? We want to hear from you.

by Julia Connell and Rachel Woods June 19, 2019

Increasingly, disruptors like CVS, Walgreens, and Amazon are entering the ambulatory space to provide more convenient, lower-cost services to patients—a move that threatens the role of the medical group as the front door to the health system. To compete, medical groups need to rethink their traditional, "one-size-fits-all" approach to primary care. This calls for innovation both in the way medical groups design their primary care product and how they operationalize and scale a model that meets the evolving demands of patients and providers.

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Are physicians the future of risk-based payment? CMS thinks so.

by Julia Connell and Julie Riley May 22, 2019

In 2017, Medicare spending totaled $702 billion, or 15% of total federal spending, a number that is expected only to increase as more baby boomers age into Medicare. Unsatisfied with provider performance in existing risk-based models, CMS is rolling out changes for 2020 that promote downside risk and prioritize partners who prove they can generate savings—and one of the most reliable partners may be physician groups.

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The academic medical group, redesigned

Hamza Hasan , Daniel Kuzmanovich April 19, 2019

Academic medical centers (AMCs) are health care industry pillars known for advancing medical science and developing the next generation of physicians.

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The newest key player in health care innovation? Medical groups.

by Rachel Woods and Maria Restuccio March 27, 2019

Bill Gates recently released his list of top 10 breakthrough technologies in MIT Technology Review and unsurprisingly, the majority have significant implications in health care—from predictive analytics to wearables and AI, health care has become the key battleground for competing with disruptive innovation. The question is: What does this influx in innovation mean for medical groups?

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The latest frontier in the fight against opioid abuse: Medicare's annual wellness visits

by Hamza Hasan and Eliza Campbell March 6, 2019

As the opioid-related death toll soared to more than 47,500 in 2017, CMS and other federal agencies have made curbing opioid use a top priority. Amid other initiatives, CMS released a statement last August aimed squarely at primary care providers: Review of opioid use is now considered a routine element of annual wellness visits (AWVs) for Medicare beneficiaries. 

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From medical group 'subsidy' to 'investment,' use your data to flip the script

Hamza Hasan , Rachel Woods February 15, 2019

With median net investment of just over $200,000 per physician, health system executives are keeping a close watch on medical group financial and operational performance—and that's why many progressive medical group leaders are starting to reframe the conversation around medical group subsidy.

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What the PeaceHealth acquisition of ZOOM+Care tells us about primary care access today

by Sarah Hostetter and Maria Restuccio February 1, 2019

PeaceHealth, a non-profit Catholic health system in the Pacific Northwest, recently announced its acquisition of ZOOM+Care®, a local leader in on-demand retail and digital health care services. Through the acquisition, PeaceHealth aims to improve patient access and affordability of care by providing consumers with additional convenient care options. PeaceHealth's patients will soon be able to use ZOOM's technology to schedule same-day appointments at one of their neighborhood clinics or have direct digital access to their doctors online via an app.

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2018's Top Five: See what medical group leaders were reading this year

by Fritz Windover and Hamza Hasan January 18, 2019

As the grace period for accidentally writing 2018 instead of 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to take a final look back at this past year. And what a year it was—2018 was a year full of grandeur on the world stage, from the Winter Olympics to the World Cup—and don't forget the Royal Wedding. In health care, the ACA came under fire (again), while business giants Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase announced their intent to become big industry players.

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