Do you have what it takes to thrive as an independent physician?

Posted by Continuum on Aug 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Fortune favors the bold

The primary care market is shifting. Shifting regulations and evolving payment models are shaking the foundations of traditional independent primary care practices—and these market forces are even stronger than new and old competitors. As the CEO of a physician practice in Maryland recently told us:

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Topics: CIN, ACO, independent physician practice

Managing Complex Care: Improve Effectiveness through Clinical Integration, Population Health Best Practices

Posted by Continuum on Feb 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Many primary care physicians (PCPs) struggle to provide high-quality care for patients with complex needs. 

A recent international survey* confirms this challenge: Nearly 25 percent of U.S. PCPs say they are not well-prepared to care for people with multiple chronic illnesses. 

Hurdles include lack of care coordination and gaps in access, according to the Commonwealth Fund study. Its authors call for strengthening the nation’s primary care infrastructure, in part by improving communication among providers and increasing access to care.

Two overarching approaches can help doctors achieve these goals, while also reducing the disproportionate costs of complex care: participation in a clinically integrated network (CIN), and use of population health best practices.

To learn more about the Five Pop Health Critical Elements, download our checklist now.  

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Topics: Triple Aim, care continuum, Healthcare, gaps in care, population health tools, CIN

What Every CFO Should Know About a Successful Pop Health Program

Posted by Continuum on Feb 2, 2016 11:26:00 AM

As healthcare shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based reimbursement model, population health management programs have changed how Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) approach their role. CFOs play an integral role in driving success to practices by investing in tools physicians can use to improve clinical and financial performance, as well as structuring population health management programs with incentives. Population health management programs done right, improve the quality of care through effective care coordination and medical cost management. This is were the CFO can have the most impact. 

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Topics: CIN

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