Practice Notes

Our take on the latest trends and news for medical groups

Is your medical group ready to manage Medicaid risk?

by Hamza Hasan and Sarah O'Hara August 1, 2018

As the economics of caring for Medicaid patients worsen, several health systems have begun to consider taking on greater Medicaid reimbursement risk. Despite this population's complexity, Medicaid risk can give providers greater flexibility to meet patient needs through better care management.

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How to succeed in genomics? Put physicians in charge!

by Hamza Hasan, Rachel Woods, and Maria Restuccio July 25, 2018

Few innovations in health care have gotten as much attention recently as genetic testing. In fact, in 2017 nearly 1 in 25 Americans had access to their genetic data—and many are showing up to their annual wellness visit looking for answers to their genetic test results. Some projections suggest that the direct-to-consumer genetic testing market will triple by 2022.

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What the CVS-Aetna and Walmart-Humana mergers mean for medical group access

Hamza Hasan , Sarah Hostetter May 30, 2018

Late last year, CVS Health announced an acquisition of Aetna. Now, Walmart is eyeing an acquisition of Humana. These potential deals bear a strong resemblance to each other, as they both combine a large retail and pharmacy chain with an insurer. Regardless of whether the deals go through, they mark a change in the health care landscape, with new and varied players entering the field to compete with health systems and medical groups. These new players are making a similar bet: They can give patients better and more convenient access to care than existing channels—and they're putting even more pressure on medical groups to expand their access.

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The solution to physician burnout? EHR optimization.

by Hamza Hasan and Daniel Kuzmanovich May 16, 2018

Today, 80% of health care leaders say physician burnout is a problem at their organization. To confront the problem, many leaders turn to solutions that focus on individual physicians in an attempt to improve their resilience. However, these physician-directed interventions prioritizing wellness aren't as effective as addressing the primary causes of physician burnout—causes that, according to Medscape's 2018 Physician Burnout and Depression Report, include:

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2 ways physician leaders can combat the opioid crisis

Gillian Michaelson , Hamza Hasan May 2, 2018

The opioid epidemic has swept across the nation, affecting communities in every state; thousands of individuals have suffered from opioid use disorder and overdose. As direct providers of care, physicians stand at the front lines of this epidemic and are frequently charged with the responsibility of helping to solve it.

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How you can strengthen ambulatory care access for Medicaid patients

by Hamza Hasan and Sarah O'Hara April 18, 2018

The Medicaid population presents a challenge for many health care providers: Not only is Medicaid poorly reimbursed, but high patient complexity—both clinical and non-clinical—can make care frustrating. As a result, an increasing number of independent practices have closed their doors to this population.

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How to design a profitable staffing model for your telehealth strategy

by Hamza Hasan and Jasmine DeSilva April 4, 2018

Medical groups deploy a range of strategies to meet consumers' demand for convenient access to care. One way to meet this demand is through retail clinics—the subject of our recent blog post. Another increasingly common strategy is offering virtual care options, which 83% of providers said they planned to invest in last year, according to a recent survey. When it comes to lower-acuity conditions, telehealth offers patients more convenient access to care, shorter wait times, and comparable quality outcomes, all at a lower cost.


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Medical group executives' most commonly asked questions of 2017—answered

by Hamza Hasan and Phoebe Donovan February 21, 2018

Every year the Medical Group Strategy Council receives thousands of questions from our members. As we settle into 2018, here's a look back at your peers' top questions from 2017—and our responses.

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