>PhysiciansPractice.com- Trendspotter: Featuring Beacon IPA

> Trendspotter: Fledgling IPA Charts Its Own Course By Ken Terry | November 24, 2010 Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are supposed to improve quality and cut costs by getting hospitals, doctors, and other providers to work together. But increasingly, observers are raising the possibility that ACOs might raise costs faster by consolidating providers and forcing…

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>The Physician’s Place in the ACO

> This is a nice, thoughtful piece by Philip Betbeze today in HealthLeaders Media… “The Physician’s Place in the ACO” _____ “ACOs will include confederations of doctors, specialists, and hospitals working together to administer payments, determine quality and safety benchmarks, measure performance, and distribute shared savings, according to a June 2010 report from the American…

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>Sequel Systems’ EMR receives Important Meaningful Use Certification

> Melville, NY – November 15, 2010 – Sequel Systems, Inc, a dynamic, service-oriented healthcare technology company, announced today that its Electronic Medical Record (EMR), SequelMed Meaningful Use EMR version 8.0, has been tested and certified under the Drummond Group’s Electronic Health Records ONC-ATCB program. The EMR software is 2011/2012 compliant in accordance with the criteria adopted by…

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>BIPA Names New IT Committee Chairman: Dr Inderpal Chhabra

> I would like to announce the new Chairman of our IT Committee, Inderpal Chhabra MD an Internist practicing in Glen Oaks, NY on staff at Long Island Jewish Hospital and North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Dr Chhabra will help to coordinate and lead this vital  BIPA committee. Last night, we had our first…

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>NEJM: Physicians versus Hospitals as Leaders of Accountable Care Organizations

> Another interesting perspective was published online yesterday in NEJM’s ‘Health Policy and Reform’ section. Here they tackle the burning question… who will control the ACOs? Will it be primarily physician or hospital controlled?“We can envision two possible futures: one of physician-controlled ACOs, with physicians affiliating and contracting with hospitals, controlling the flow of funds…

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>WSJ: Employed Physicians on the Rise — The Beacon Alternative

> The article in Wall Street Journal yesterday, “When the Doctor Has a Boss: More Physicians Are Going to Work for Hospitals Rather Than Hanging Up a Shingle” should not come as a surprise to anyone. The accompanying graph also clearly shows this disturbingly strong trend. A study quoted in the article revealed that the share…

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>Beacon IPA Featured in Long Island Business News

> Independent docs pool resources by Claude SolnikPublished: November 4, 2010 In some instances, small is not beautiful.Doctors working solo or in small groups are at a disadvantage in negotiating reimbursement rates with insurers. These same practices have seen flat reimbursement rates while costs have risen due to new expenses such as electronic medical records.Rather…

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>LIBN: Empire creates physician panel

> Empire creates physician panel by Claude SolnikPublished: November 2, 2010 In a move designed to open a better dialogue between the state’s largest insurer and healthcare providers, Empire BlueCross BlueShield has created a physician advisory council. Although other insurers have long used physician panels to help develop policies, Empire earlier this month held the first meeting of…

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>New BIPA logo

> After a great deal of hard work and back and forth with Rohit Barman of DPS America – ‘Digital Promotions Strategy for NY Brands’ we narrowed our new logo down to a handful of choices. They were distributed to the group last week for review. The steering committee voted and our new logo has…

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