>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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>NEJM: Becoming Accountable — Opportunities and Obstacles for ACOs

> This just came out in the New England Journal of Medicine today. It is a perspective on Accountable Care Organizations. There is also an interesting video roundtable discussion of ACOs if you have a subscription to NEJM.   It is our goal that Beacon IPA, as a Clinically Integrated IPA will be a vehicle to become…

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>Prince Named to BCBS Physician Advisory Committee

> I am honored to have been named to BCBS’s Physician Advisory Committee (PAC). It is a two year commitment with meetings quarterly. “The mission of the Empire PAC is to enhance the relationships between physicians, their patients, and Empire, by discussing regional or national health care, quality and administrative matters between Empire and physicians” I…

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>BIPA Has Been Formed!

> It is finally official! The Beacon IPA, LLC has gone through regulatory approval and is a recognized entity of the State of New York. BIPA has been approved by the State of New York’s: Department of Health, State Education Department and Insurance Department. The State of New York’s Department of State signed off with the official…

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>”Meaningful Use” Finally Defined

> It is widely recognized that the widespread use of the electronic health record is inevitable. We believe it will improve the quality of care if used appropriately… and that it is necessary to accomplish our goal of clinical integration. In order to incentivize the use of an electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical…

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>What is Clinical Integration?

> The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice define Clinical Integration as: “…the network implementing an active and ongoing program to evaluate and modify practice patterns by the network’s physician participants and create a high degree of interdependence and cooperation among the physicians to control costs and ensure quality.”  Source: DOJ and FTC, Statements…

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>ACOs Key to Health Care Reform Law

> Accountable Care Organizations Are Key to Health Reform Law David A. Manko and George Choriatis 06-25-2010 Now that the federal health reform legislation (the Health Reform Act)1 has been enacted, efforts have turned to its implementation. Although so far the attention has been focused on the provisions relating to health insurance coverage, the most…

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