Blog Archives

ARCHIVES: NOVEMBER 2017


Get Your Flu Shot

A health system fires 50 employees who refused to get a mandatory flu shot, highlighting the sometimes thorny intersection of patient safety and personal choice.

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A More Interesting History

 A little detail omitted from the childhood version of the first Thanksgiving makes the story more interesting and maybe provides us with a little hope for how to fix healthcare.

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New Careers

CMS releases (late) its 2018 rule changes for MACRA and even the summary of the changes serves as a reminder of just how complicated this program is for physicians and other providers.

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Wine Fakers

The rise in employed physicians means more procedures are done in an HOPD setting, which is costing Medicare unnecessary billions.

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A Rumble from Behind

The industry data on the growth of value-based payments runs counter to the experience of many independent physician practices, raising the question of what level of risk this poses to physician groups.

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Reduced Seat Capacity

Several factors are reducing the available physician capacity for delivering patient care, but government and monopolistic payer price-setting means reimbursement will not increase as it should.

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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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