>ACO’s Beginning to Take Form

> Below is a recent article featuring Beacon IPA in Renal Business Today…By Keith Chartier Like many physicians, Long Island, N.Y.-nephrologist Simon Prince sees a volatile situation in which more and more physician practices are becoming hospital owned amid a turbulent healthcare landscape. In fact, a recent survey of 58,000 physicians by the Medical Group…

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>EHR Incentive Programs Ready For Launch

> Eligible healthcare professionals and hospitals can begin registering to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payment system.  By Nicole Lewis ,  InformationWeek  December 30, 2010 11:45 AMThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that registration for its Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) incentive programs will begin January 3, 2011.…

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>Winthrop EMR Subsidy for Beacon Members

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There is a sizable subsidy available through Winthrop University Hospital for physicians who have not yet signed with an EMR vendor. This subsidy is open to all physicians on staff at Winthrop, or BIPA physicians who may wish to get privileges at Winthrop.

If you are interested, please let me know.

>CMS Expects to Issue ACO Rules by Mid-January 2011

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could release the proposed regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) by mid-January 2011, according to a posting from the law firm McDermott Will & Emery. The law firm reported that on Dec. 3, Head of CMS, Donald Berwick, and Jonathon Blum, deputy administrator of CMS and director of Medicare,…

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>One-Year Medicare Doc Fix Clears Senate and House

> Following the Senate’s lead yesterday, the House approved a one-year “doc fix” Thursday afternoon that will prevent a dramatic cut in Medicare physician payments. The measure was approved in a 409-2 vote today by the House, one day after the Senate approved the $19.2 billion fix by unanimous consent. Without the action, Medicare payments to doctors…

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>AMA makes recommendations to CMS for physician-led ACOs

> The AMA submitted its most detailed comments (PDF) to date to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on how Medicare should structure physician-led and patient-centered accountable care organizations (ACOs). The recommendations were submitted today, Dec. 2, in response to a specific request from CMS for comments on how to ensure that solo…

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