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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Electronic Health Records (EHR) – Work in Progress – More needed in rural areas

Posted in Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records will change the practice of medicine.  Physicians, hospitals, medical groups are all in the process of converting to the electronic health record.  Currently, nearly $4.5 billion in federal incentives have helped move this conversion forward.  Over the final three months of 2011, EHR incentive payments from the federal government doubled.  In a… Continue Reading

Hospital – Physician Relationships

Posted in Hospital/Physician Relationships

Based on the current playing field and environment, the trend is clear that hospitals and physicians are entering into employment relationships.  According to the 2012 edition of AHA Hospital Statistics, hospitals’ employment of physicians jumped 32% from 2000 to 2010.  It is difficult to know whether this trend will continue.  History has shown that it… Continue Reading

Accountable Care Organizations

Posted in Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)

I recently attended a CLE entitled “Accountable Care Organizations: Physician Perspective,” presented by the American Bar Association, Health Law Section, which was presented by David W. Hilgers and Amy K. Fehn.  As a result of the Affordable Care Act mandating that the Medicare Share Savings Program be implemented, many have moved to Accountable Care Organizations… Continue Reading