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Take Your Banker to Lunch

No, really. I mean it. And make it a nice lunch because you are going to have to ask for a big favor.

ICD10 is rolling down the track and gathering speed. CMS has continued to affirm that there will not be another delay and at this point, we should take them at their word.

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Electronic Relationship

Part of the value of having ‘my’ physician is that ‘my’ physician knows me.

Yes, there is a big fat paper chart to help jog her memory, but it was her specific knowledge of me and my health issues that made me want to always go to ‘my’ physician.

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A Wry Smile

For many people, the concept of the ACO is nothing more than the next logical extension of the hospital-based integrated delivery system. After all, only these types of systems have the capital, scope and talent to take on risk and manage the health of a population.

Someone forgot to tell some physicians.

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Who Are You?

DaVita, the company we know as the dialysis and end-stage renal disease folks, are buying large physician practices and starting employer-focused primary care clinics.

Optum, a division of United Healthcare, now owns several very large multi-specialty groups.

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Raccoons

Being from Arkansas originally, I did not grow up with a lot of literature set in my native environment. Unless you count the camouflage clothing catalogue from Bass Pro Shop. So when we read ‘Where the Red Fern Grows’ in elementary school, it was a bit special because it was about us rednecks.

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Slow Learners

I get several healthcare news emails in my inbox every morning. One arrived recently with the titillating ‘Breaking News!’ in the subject line. What was this breaking news, you might ask?

CMS announces that it will conduct an end-to-end test on ICD10 claims to make sure its contractors can actually process the claims.

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Baked Potatoes and Smurf Turf #5

We are in the middle of series of posts exploring the recent obstruction of trade case in Boise, Idaho against St. Luke’s Health System.

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Baked Potatoes and Smurf Turf #4

We are in the middle of series of posts exploring the recent obstruction of trade case in Boise, Idaho against St. Luke’s Health System.

Click here for part one of this series.

Click here for part two of this series.

Click here for part three of this series.

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Baked Potatoes and Smurf Turf #3

We are in the middle of series of posts exploring the recent obstruction of trade case in Boise, Idaho against St. Luke’s Health System.

Click here for part one of this series.

Click here for part two of this series.

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Baked Potatoes and Smurf Turf #2

We are in the middle of series of posts exploring the recent obstruction of trade case in Boise, Idaho against St. Luke’s Health System.

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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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