Tag Archives: Health Policy & Regulation

Healthcare Consumerism: What Do Patients Want, What Can Providers Offer?

What Is Healthcare Consumerism? With the recent appointment of Atul Gawande — surgeon, author, and public health Renaissance Man — to CEO of the yet-unnamed insurance venture itself formed by three CEOs, the topic of consumerism in healthcare is part of a national discussion. This group of CEOs, including Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, …

How Should Primary Care Providers Prepare for the CVS/Aetna Merger?

CVS Health and Aetna rang in the New Year with a massive $69 billion merger, a healthcare deal that is being recognized as the largest of its kind in history, surpassing Express Scripts’ $29 billion acquisition of Medco in 2012. It’s also being heralded as the merger that might change healthcare as we know it, …

The Rundown | Week of 1.29.2018

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. The Market Reacts to Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway Merger Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, and Berkshire Hathaway have announced their plans to create a health insurance company for their employees, reports Forbes. ‘”Tackling the enormous challenges of healthcare and harnessing its full benefits are …

Medicare Advantage: What it Means for Your Independent Practice

Medicare Advantage (MA) has proven to provide better patient outcomes and can be an opportunity for independent physicians interested in participating in value-based programs. But let’s be honest, the program can be confusing. What is MA, really? How are RAF scores determined? What is the benefit of a risk-sharing program?   Medicare Advantage in Simple …

The Rundown | Week of 1.1.2018

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. Healthcare Reform is at the Top of the List Again Republicans are faced with a very familiar problem to start 2018: What to do about Obamacare? According to a new report from USA Today, Congressional Republicans are facing pressure to tackle healthcare. The GOP tax …

The Rundown | Week of 12.11.2017

Busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. CHIP Funding Dwindles Quickly According to a new report by CNN, 16 states will run out of Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) funds by the end of January. Currently, nine million children in low-income families rely on this program for health insurance. Congress has yet …

Cockroaches and Patient Records

CMS recently issued a mandate requiring Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians to prove that they are not restricting the sharing of patient data. Does this signal the death of the fax machine, American healthcare’s cockroach? I recently listened to an interesting podcast by Vox’s Sarah Kliff that calls faxes the “cockroaches of healthcare.” …

Physicians, Payers, and Patients: Partnering for Success

Fee-for-service initiated a healthcare system that led to skyrocketing prices, which eventually undercut the ultimate goal of medicine: providing patients with high quality care at the best cost, for the optimal patient outcome. Physicians and payers often feel at odds in their sometimes competing methods of arriving at the same goal of patient well-being. These …

The Rundown | Healthcare News for the Week of 10.30.2017

Are you a busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. Privia has compiled a list of stories to keep you up to date on all things healthcare: Enrollment in the ACA: What You Need to Know Every year before open-enrollment for the ACA, the Department of Health and Human Services puts out …

The Rundown | Week of 10.23.2017

Are you a busy provider looking for healthcare news? Check out The Rundown. Privia has compiled a list of stories to keep you up to date on all things healthcare: Alexander-Murray Bill Receives Good Reviews The Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act of 2017, better known as the Alexander-Murray bill, just received a good report from …



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