Secrets of Private-Sector ACO Innovation

Secrets of Private-Sector ACO Innovation Leaders at the San Francisco-based Blue Shield of California (BSC) haven’t been waiting around for the federal Medicare program to take the lead on developing accountable care programs; indeed, BSC has been in the lead among health insurers nationwide in collaborating with hospitals and physician groups to establish private-sector accountable…

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First Do No Harm

Congratulations to Dr Dan Reinharth of Select Medicine, PC. Dan is an Internist, Beacon member, and most recently an accomplished author. Dan just recently published his first book. It is a medical mystery called, First Do No Harm. It is available on amazon.com (click here). Please support Dan, check it out… and enjoy! BOOK DESCRIPTION: Winter,…

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Medicare ACOs: Coming Soon to a Healthcare Provider Near You

Some of New Jersey’s largest healthcare providers are starting to assemble Medicare accountable care organizations By Beth Fitzgerald,   January 24, 2012 in Healthcare|Post a Comment Medicare accountable care organizations — which promise to transform the way medical services are delivered and medical professionals are compensated — are taking shape across New Jersey, as several…

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Building the Path to Accountable Care

Building the Path to Accountable Care Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H., Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., and Dana G. Safran, Sc.D. N Engl J Med 2011; 365:2445-2447December 29, 2011 The recent release of the regulations that will govern the early years of Medicare’s implementation of accountable care organizations (ACOs) provides an important moment to reflect…

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Fighting the Tide Against Independent Physicians

HealthLeaders Media 11/11/11: Fighting the Tide Against Independent Physicians. Independent physician practices are slowly fading away, and with the advent of healthcare reform, the pace may be about to get much quicker. It’s only one of a few troubling signs about the physician labor pool, which seems increasingly dissatisfied with their career choice and the direction…

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Please Assist a Fellow Beacon Provider

 Today in the doctors lounge at NSUH, I was asked to fill out an ABIM “Consultant-Referring Physician Rating Survey” by one of our Beacon providers. It sparked a thought that this is exactly the sort of thing we should all be doing for each other, and it is an opportunity for Beacon to grow as…

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ICD-10 FAQs

From Empire BCBS Website: ICD-10 FAQs for Providers What is ICD-10?  International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) is a diagnostic and procedure coding system endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990. It replaces the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9), which was developed in the 1970s. Internationally, the codes are used…

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