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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Physician-Hospital Integration: “Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost”

Posted in Accountable Care Act, Hospitals, Medicaid, Physicians and Group Practices

“Same Doctor Visit, Double the Cost” – this is the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article written by Anna Wilde Mathews, which provides a view on the hospital-physician integration phenomenon.  The article describes the higher fees charged by hospitals that result when physicians become employed by hospitals.    It is our experience that… Continue Reading

CMS Launches New Tools to Fight Health Care Fraud

Posted in Hospitals, Medicaid, Physicians and Group Practices

The federal government’s war on healthcare fraud is going high-tech with the opening of a $3.6 million command center.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pays $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million healthcare providers, and healthcare fraud is estimated to cost taxpayers more than $60 billion annually (see Health Law… Continue Reading

Health Care Reform: My Two Cents

Posted in Regulations

After the dust has settled from the Supreme Court’s upholding of the Accountable Care Act, one key takeaway from the provider perspective appears to be reimbursement strategy. Providers must continue to determine how best to absorb looming reimbursement cuts and to benefit from the different payment methodologies. However, it remains uncertain whether the anticipated increase… Continue Reading

Linking Patients and Doctors Through a Smart Phone App

Posted in Hospitals, Physicians and Group Practices

Forward-thinking hospital systems are taking advantage of new technology to facilitate patient-doctor interaction.  Providence Health Ministry in Mobile, Alabama  recently announced the launch of a new smart phone app to connect patients with the doctors and physician groups practicing at Providence Hospital.   The features of the app enable patients to:  search lists of available doctors… Continue Reading