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Na Na Na Na

The Republican House passes the American Health Care Act and rather than see it as a stinging defeat of the primary policy issue in the last 25 years, Democrats see it as their path back to a majority.

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Busywork

A pediatric practice gets caught up in the HIPAA investigation of one of their vendors and has to pay a fine for not having a Business Associate Agreement in place.

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Rust Is Relentless

The complexity of the revenue cycle means that if you are regularly working to improve it, performance will degrade and your cash flow will underperform.

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Getting Amazoned

Kaiser Permanente reports that over half of its members encounters with a physician now happens virtually instead of in person.

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Japanese Bovine Fitbits

The era of big data is changing our research paradigm from one that begins with a theory to one that simply crunches large amounts of data to see what correlations emerge.

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The 75% Threshold

The simple math of health insurance says it takes about 75% of a population to enroll in order to get enough healthy people in to cover the cost of the sick; this is the problem of ObamaCare and the conundrum for Republicans.

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Gag Orders

The continued push for price transparency is a good thing, but requirements on providers must be matched with similar obligations of payers.

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Maine Magic

A recent amendment floated by House Republicans attempts to provide short-term stability to the individual market, but also provides a lesson in ‘confounding variables.’

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Crowdfunding Your College Tuition

New data reaffirms the bifurcation in per capita healthcare spending between those who are healthy and those who are not, underscoring the political difficulty in finding solutions.

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Practical Economics

West Virginia and Florida introduce bills to repeal their CON laws, reflecting a core debate on the role of markets vs. government in healthcare.

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ALN

Tim Coan, ALN’s CEO, writes an insightful and witty blog three times a week about a variety of topics relevant to independent physician practices.

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