Switch: How to Change Things, When Change is Hard

Bringing physicians together is like trying to herd cats. I have heard this countless times over the last couple of years as I have interacted with more and more administrators (this is not a phrase commonly heard in the doctor’s lounge). While I admit there is some merit to the sentiment, I am not at…

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Beacon IPA and Social Media?

Understanding this is already a skewed population by the fact that you are reading this, perhaps you can weigh in here and join this discussion. After being stimulated by a couple books on the role of  social media in business (both by Gary Vaynerchuck: The Thank You Economy and Crush It! )… I recently asked members of our…

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>Long Island Business News: Doctors cautiously join IPAs

> by Claude Solnik Published: June 2nd, 2011 After decades in which patient privacy concerns, a culture of independence and antitrust issues divided doctors, physicians are banding together in groups, largely due to encouragement from insurers and the federal government. The idea is that they can provide better care by sharing data and adhering to…

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>Long Island-Based Beacon IPA Inks Deal with Empire BlueCross BlueShield

>                                                                                        Press Release Long Island-Based Beacon IPA Inks Deal with Empire BlueCross BlueShield Media Contacts: Sally Kweskin, (720) 373-4836, sally.kweskin@empireblue.com Dr. Simon Prince, (516) 570-3580, sprince@beaconipa.com May 26, 2011 – Manhasset, NY – Beacon IPA, a young…

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>Meaningful User: Anyone Can Do It

> From HealthDataManagement.com Juan Salazar, M.D., a solo internal medicine practitioner in McAllen, Texas, recently received one of the first Medicare electronic health records meaningful incentive checks (for $18,000). He’s been practicing for three decades and only adopted an EHR about 18 months ago. Salazar understands the fears of peers to switch to electronic records, believing them…

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>CMS Today Announces Three New Initiatives Intended to Enable Prospective Accountable Care Organizations to Hit the Ground Running

> By David A. Manko, Esq. and George Choriatis, Esq. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced three new initiatives in connection with its efforts to advance accountable care organizations (ACOs) – a new type of healthcare organization being promoted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) enacted last…

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>Huffington Post: Healthcare Costs Double In Less Than A Decade

> U.S. healthcare is so expensive that records are broken even when cost increases slow. According to a new report by Milliman, a global consulting and actuarial firm, the total cost of healthcare for the average family of four, if covered by a preferred provider organization, is now a record $19,393. That might be only 7.3…

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