Practice Notes

Our take on the latest trends and news for medical groups

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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Your biggest ally in managing medication costs and quality

by Gina Lohr and Jessica Preston January 4, 2019

Do you think there's an opportunity to save money on drugs in your medical group? How about improve medication quality? In our 2018 Medications in Physician Practices survey, pharmacy executives around the country overwhelmingly said there's an opportunity to do both.

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Your blueprint for implementing innovation across the medical group

by Rachel Woods and Maria Restuccio November 28, 2018

This year has seen more investment in digital health technology than any other year. Health care startups are leading the market with new innovations and third-party disruptors are entering the health care space for the first time. Medical groups cannot afford to fall behind. As new technologies become cheaper and more widely available, medical group leaders can use these innovations to solve their most pressing business challenges.

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Physician payment 2019: Your 4 biggest takeaways

Hamza Hasan , Daniel Kuzmanovich November 14, 2018

CMS recently released 4,242 pages of final rules affecting payment for physician services in 2019. With several significant updates to both the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS), here are the four biggest things you need to know.

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What NBC's latest medical drama tells us about physician burnout

Rachel Woods , Hamza Hasan October 17, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated on October 19, 2018.

We've all seen our fair share of medical dramas hit the silver screen. And each time a new health care-related show premiers, it's hard for us in the medical field to match the drama of television with the reality of practicing medicine today.

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