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Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions generate a set fee for each visit to the Center for Primary Care in Augusta, Ga. Yet that visit will generate numerous tasks—including making referrals to calling in prescriptions to answering...
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model is being implemented by a growing number of health organizations, with the goal of providing more comprehensive, coordinated, and patient-centered care. The major primary care medical...
Primary care physicians (PCPs) should soon see their Medicaid reimbursements rise to the level of those paid by Medicare —if they haven’t already. The fee parity, funding for which was included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), became...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan saved an estimated $155 million in preventative claim costs over the first three years of its Patient Centered Medical Home program, according to analysis published in the Health Services Research Journal...
Dr. Richard Baron (WASHINGTON, DC) – Today the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced that Richard J. Baron, MD will receive the group’s prestigious Barbara Starfield Awardduring their Annual Fall Conference in...
According to presenters at a June 6 policy summit(fora.tv) on health care innovation here, the lower health care costs the United States is experiencing may be due, in part, to the growing use of innovative payment and delivery models of...
Remember when bankers kept, well, banker’s hours, and you couldn’t cash a check after 4 p.m. or on weekends? Banks finally woke up to their customers’ needs for convenient hours. Today customer-focused service is making itself felt in some...
(excerpt from Aetna press release)  "Aetna announced today the launch of its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program in New York. The program recognizes primary care physicians (PCPs) who more actively coordinate and manage their...
Dr. Thomas Bellavia transformed his traditional medical practice in Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., into a so-called medical home where patients are seen by teams of doctors and nurses.  He says it has paid off in better, more coordinated care...
Tampa, Fla.-based WellCare Health Plans has announced it will offer incentives for the use of the patient-centered medical home model in its Georgia Medicaid provider network.  WellCare will provide enhanced payments for PCMH recognition...
Primary care physicians generated $1.56 million in average net revenue in 2012 to their affiliated hospital compared to $1.4 million for specialists, according to a survey of more than 100 hospital chief financial officers by Merritt...
The beloved family doctor who once coordinated your medical care, took late-night phone calls and guided you reassuringly through the health care maze largely disappeared about the time the iconic TV series "Marcus Welby, M.D." went off...
Building a strong foundation in primary care-based medical homes is vital to furthering delivery and payment reforms, health policy experts said here Friday. "If you have strong primary care, you can improve health outcomes, you can lower...
“Medical home” has become a term of art within the current wave of health reform.  It’s in the medical literature, on the internet and embedded in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. There is much debate over what “...
The verdict is still out on whether a patient-centered medical home really can turn out to be a home, sweet home for patients and providers as well as achieve measurable cost savings and higher-quality health care. But experts who are...
The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) opened its 98th annual meeting with a keynote speech by Paul Grundy, MD, Global Director of Healthcare Transformation at IBM, urging adoption of a new system of...
Abstract Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at BUSM and pediatrician at BMC, served as the study's first author. Barry Zuckerman, MD, professor of pediatrics at BUSM and a pediatrician at BMC, and Brian Jack, MD, Chief...
STORY HIGHLIGHTS A new study says small and solo primary care practices are more likely to achieve improvements in efficiency and quality of care, as well as cost savings, while transitioning to the patient-centered medical home if they...
Coordinated care delivery models have taken the healthcare industry by storm, with patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations becoming more popular with hospitals, health systems and large physician groups trying to...
Gov. John Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, said, “We’re building something that’s never been built before.” Some say America has been homogenized, a chain-store nation bereft of regional distinction in dialect or dinner. But now...

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