Key Trends Facing Private Practice Physicians in the New Year Identified

Physicians in private practice have their non-clinical work cut out for them in the year ahead. Results of the ACA changes, the launch of the federal and state health insurance market places, demanding paperwork burdens, and coming changes in coding requirements and health IT are all issues facing the physicians in 2014.

Among the key trends that seen to be bearing down on practicing physicians are:

 –  Rapidly increasing medical consolidation seen across health care systems and insurance companies alike.

–   The difficulty physicians experience while trying to negotiate favorable terms with payers because  the total number of health insurers has been decreasing for some time as a result of industry consolidation.

–   Physicians are continuing to struggle with a growing regulatory paper work burden.

In addition the recent launch of the health insurance exchanges is already driving high levels of confusion among patients, physicians and employers.

Coping with minimal education and support on the new health insurance exchanges from the government, many private practice physicians are unsure of how these new insurance policies will affect their practices. Continue reading

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Managed Care Information Center ‘Store’ New Web Address

Our health and managed care databases
store page has a new web address following
our migration to our new,improved web site
at healthresourcesonline.com.

The store is protected for security with “Secure Socket Layer” or SSL to keep your transactions secure.

Because there are so many links to our directory – databases and management resources up on the Web we think it is a good idea to give you the new location link:   https://www.healthresourcesonline.com/payer-provider-data.html

Model of Highly Coordinated Care Begun By Aetna, Baptist Memorial Health Care

Employers and their workers will get access to what is described as highly coordinated care from physicians and facilities in the Baptist Select Health Alliance, under terms of a collaborative care agreement between Aetna and Baptist Memorial Health Care,  Memphis.

Aim of the collaboration is to bring a “new health care model” to Aetna members and introduce Aetna Whole HealthSM, a commercial health care product, officials said.

The Baptist Select Health Alliance is a clinically Continue reading

Physician Organization Leadership Frustrated With Shrinking and Changing Payer Reimbursement, Increasing Administrative Work Load

“Reimbursement that does not even cover costs”

Shortages of primary care physicians: fewer primary care physicians in the face of more patients means those in practice will have to shoulder more responsibilities, is a key challenge cited by a vice president of a physician practice management company.

Along with that issue physicians “juggling increased administrative burdens with maintaining patient quality of care,” the VP observed.

The concerns of executives and administrators of physician organizations emerge from the results of the Continue reading

Physicians Need To Adapt and Develop A Vision For the Future, IPA-PHO Survey Finds

The resurgence of hospitals buying physician practices, the shortage of primary care physicians, contract and reimbursement models, market consolidation and the pressure to transform primary care practices are among the key issues the leadership of the nation’s physician organizations – PHOs and IPAs are keenly concerned about.

The issues emerged from the results of the IPA -PHO Physician Organization Leadership Survey 2012 by the Managed Care Information Center (MCIC.) Continue reading

A Glance Back: Boom Times For Growth of New IPAs Began to Slow Dramatically in 1999

Despite today’s somewhat ‘rosy’ outlook for physician organizations, the IPA equivalent of the Dot Com bust occurred in 2002 when only two new IPAs were formed, found Managed Care Information Center Research.

The peak year for IPA growth was 1994 when 174 new physician organizations formed, according to data for the National Directory of Physician Organizations Database. The year 1995 was close with 138 new IPAs formed, our analysts found.
Source: The National Directory of Physician Organizations Database. http://healthresourcesonline.healthrespubs.com/managed_care/23poe.htm

California Medical Group – IPA Merges with a Dialysis Firm – Deal Value $4.4 Billion

Healthcare Partners, Torrance, CA, one of the nation’s largest physician organizations, a medical group and IPA with 152 medical clinics and offices, has entered into an agreement to merge with DaVita, Inc. in a $4.4 billion deal.

The physician organization serves some 700,000 patients in three states, Southern California, Central Florida, and Southern Nevada.

Healthcare Partners Medical Group comprises 700 primary care and specialists and the organization’s IPA has 900 contracted primary care and 3000 specialist physicians.

DaVita, a provider of kidney care services runs dialysis clinic specialist.

Over the years the MCIC has been covering Health Partners and its growth for ongoing research for the National Directory of Physician Organizations Database.

Links: http://www.healthcarepartners.com/

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