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Mar 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The Provider Must Become the Payer. There Can Be Only One!

A long time ago (the mid-90’s), there was a television series titled Highlander. It was a sci-fi action series whose main character, Duncan MacLeod, hailed from a race of immortals. The opening voice-over would end with the proclamation, “There can be only one!” You see, these immortals sought each other out until it was the “last man standing.” Duncan was a force for good that battled other immortals of darkness. Each episode featured an epic battle that ended with Duncan annihilating his immortal foe, whose power transferred to Duncan.

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Topics: Payment Models

Oct 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Manage Your Risk When Choosing Payment Models – One Size Does Not Fit All

When Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), “risk” moved front and center as a feature of provider reimbursement models. These days, we’re using terms such as “at risk” and “risk-based” more and more, but what do they really mean? And why should healthcare providers be more concerned with risk now than they have been in years past?

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Topics: MACRA, Payment Models, Risk

Oct 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Preparing for Payment Reform: Shared Savings Arrangements

Shared savings arrangements began as a key component of the Medicare delivery system reform initiatives included in the Affordable Care Act, the intent being threefold: to generate better care for individuals, to generate better health for the population, and to lower growth expenditures. To participate in a Medicare shared savings arrangement, eligible providers and suppliers are required to form an accountable care organization (ACO).

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Topics: ACO, MACRA, Payment Models

May 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How to Determine ROI on Your Data Analytics System

The healthcare industry is in a state of constant change, and with change comes opportunity. With the passage of the ACA and MACRA, healthcare providers are, or will be, paid differently for their services. No longer can they rely upon the volume of services rendered to generate sustained income. With the transition from volume-based payments to value-based payments, many health systems are investing in data analytics platforms to help expose cost savings, as well as uncover hidden revenue. But is investing in data analytics worth the cost?

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Topics: Healthcare, Payment Models, ROI