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The year 2017 is upon us, and that means that the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 is in effect for eligible clinicians who participate in Medicare Part B. MACRA is a bipartisan approach to physician payment reform attempting to repair the patient-provider relationship, as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services […]

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Introduction & MSO Background: A management services organization (MSO) is a healthcare specific administrative and management engine that provides a host of administrative and management functions necessary to be successful in the ever changing healthcare environment. As risk begins to shift from health plans to providers as part of managed care arrangements, many of […]

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New York State announced the approval of an extension for the Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver and released updated Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) this week. The STCs is the contract between the state and CMS that lays out the terms of the waiver and how waiver programs will be operated. The current waiver was originally […]

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On Thursday, CMS announced the creation of a new ACO model geared toward patients who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, also known as dual eligible. Dual eligible patients typically have more complex health needs, chronic conditions and social issues than the general Medicare population.  Consequently, they account for a disproportionate share of spending in […]

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In today’s changing health care environment, one constant is the role of technology in optimizing clinical care delivery. Today more than ever, organizations face increasing pressure from regulatory bodies to increase quality and reduce cost, while doctors are encouraged to see more patients during the same 8-hour work day, and patients grow frustrated with the […]

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Value-Based Payments Require a Value-Based Business Model: Many providers today find themselves amid shifting tides. Though local markets are at different stages in this process, the trajectory away from fee-for-service and toward value-based payment (VBP) is well under way, with strong policy tailwinds and buy-in from commercial payers. Prudent health care enterprises are embracing […]

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In summer 2015, four of the five biggest insurance companies shook the health care industry when they announced two mega-mergers: Aetna to buy Humana for $37 billion, and Anthem to acquire Cigna in a $54 billion deal. Since the announcements, many have wondered about the potential ramifications of leaving a trillion-dollar industry in the hands […]

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  Current state of health care: The traditional approach to health care delivery is quickly becoming obsolete as health care shifts from a focus on treatment to prevention. Treating an illness is often far more expensive than providing the preventative care that would deter its onset, and is imperative to developing long-term solutions for […]

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Friends, family, colleagues and our valued clients: To say that we live in interesting times is an understatement. Having just completed a very challenging election season, many in our nation feel vindicated and excited while others are saddened and maybe even frightened. As a firm, I feel the need to share that we’re proud of […]

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More than half of the adult U.S. population has one or more chronic conditions1. In order to combat this alarming statistic, there are various ACA provisions that incentivize patient management, including provider reimbursement opportunities or federal support for disease management programs.  Programs and incentives are important enablers, but the key to active chronic disease management […]

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