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Medicare Advantage for Independent Practices

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will decrease premiums and add more services to Medicare Advantage plans in 2021. Independent physicians and their traditional Medicare patients may benefit greatly from these changes should they decide to accept Medicare Advantage patients. What should physicians know before making the switch?

Episode 29: Clinical & Administrative Perspectives on Medicare Advantage

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In this episode of The Break Room, we’re examining Medicare Advantage from both the clinical and administrative sides to better understand what independent practices need to thrive in these innovative, rewarding plans. Our guests are Raymond W. Blair, Jr., MD, and Amy Atkins, Regional Vice President, Value-Based Initiatives, Privia Health. We discuss value-based care, social …

What Do Coding Changes for 2021 Mean for Doctors (and Healthcare)?

The American Medical Association’s (AMA) revised E/M codes go into effect next year. Amy Waller, Vice President, HIM and Coding Integrity, Privia Health, examines how these changes can enhance the patient-provider relationship and what steps independent practices can take to prepare for 2021.

Physician Burnout, COVID-19, and the Paradox of Excellence

How might physicians’ determination to deliver excellent patient care, especially during the uncertain times of COVID-19, increase burnout? Joseph DeVeau, MD, draws from his experiences and extensive research to explore how we might redefine “excellence” to combat this perplexing problem and better support providers.

AMA Reports Insurer Markets “Highly Concentrated” and Increasing

A recent report by the American Medical Association (AMA) found that 74 percent of health insurance markets are highly concentrated — and that number is rising. What are the causes and potential consequences of concentration? Are premiums expected to increase in 2021?

Deploying Telehealth to Improve Care Management

Telehealth has been a necessity throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and additional remote technology can support a variety of care needs. Mark Foulke, EVP of Transformational Value-Based Care, discusses the future of care management with robust telehealth technology.

Report: Half of Employers Will Not Make Healthcare Cost-Shifting Changes, Shifting Focus to Behavioral Health Services

A new study from Mercer shows that 47 percent of employers will not engage in healthcare cost-shifting in 2021 despite increasing costs of employer-sponsored health plans. Employers will be shifting the focus of their plans to telehealth services, behavioral health resources, and voluntary benefits.

Study: Scribe May Reduce Burnout, Offset Costs

A recent study found that practices can recoup the cost of adding a medical scribe service, which may reduce burnout, within the first year by seeing more patients. How might these findings and a new HHS initiative lower provider burden?

4 Ways Physicians Can Meet the Physician Shortage

Researchers predict America’s physician shortage will hit 139,00 by 2033. What are the main causes and how can independent practices safeguard their future?