>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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>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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>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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>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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