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Big Flashlight

A recent study by the RAND Corporation exposes just how high hospital allowed amounts from commercial payers are compared to Medicare.

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Making General Groves Proud

A proposed rule from HSS would require hospitals to publish not only their list prices, but also the contracted rates actually paid to them by commercial insurers.

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Three Little Wishes

A recent poll suggests people are not embracing the dramatic healthcare policy ideas of either party, but would rather see a few very specific issues addressed.

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Butterly Flappings

As the race toward 2020 starts to heat up, attention is turning to the cost of the proposed ‘Medicare for All’ plan and estimates vary wildly, depending on a few key assumptions.

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Minor League Champs

A study shows that medical group ACOs save almost three times as more, per beneficiary in the Medicare Shared Savings Program than do hospital-integrated ACO’s.

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Trend Lines

Once a year, physician practices should take a look back at long-term trends on the most important measures of the health of their practice.

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The March to Managed

One in five Americans are now covered by a government-sponsored managed care plan. The transition to value-based care is nowhere more evident than in this segment.

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Certificate of Greed

The Trump administration is encouraging states to repeal or scale back Certificate of Need (CON) laws.  For independent physicians, that is a welcome move.

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It Is Not About the Price

Becoming a focused care delivery platform is about more than just revenue streams; it requires physician practices to solve a bigger problem.

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Purse in the Road

As practices expand to become a platform, adding revenue sources is a key part, but too many physicians get trapped looking for an easy answer that is not sustainable, or worse.

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ALN

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

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