9 Key Trends for Independent Physician Practices in 2019

Posted by Continuum on Jan 16, 2019 2:09:54 PM

 

It will come as no surprise that in 2019, healthcare costs will continue to rise. At a projected 6 percent increase, this is consistent with the past five years, but it’s still an unsustainable trend long term. 

To help manage costs for your patients and your practice as you begin the new year, we've compiled nine trends to keep in mind. Read on for a summary of these trends, or scroll to the bottom and click the button to read the full briefing.

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Topics: independent physician practice, ACA, hospital employment, connected care, healthcare technology, healthcare utilization, healthcare trends, physician burnout, high-performance networks, 2019

Independence vs. Employment for Physicians

Posted by Continuum on Mar 21, 2017 11:01:00 AM

Is employment really the answer?

Hospital employment, with its promises of financial security, fewer administrative duties, and more stable working hours offer a strong case for physicians.  From 2007 to 2016, the number of independent physicians has decreased by 28 percent.1,2 Many physicians have opted for employment within a large health organization because it appears more appealing than fighting to maintain an independent practice; but the number of physicians pushing for independence may be on the rise.

This shift is being triggered as physicians find those promises aren’t always grounded in reality. Physicians feel that an employed position will require less administrative tasks and thereby provide more time to spend with patients. Yet administrative duties are inescapable. Most physicians are still required to maintain quality of care reporting and accurate EHR entries, whether they are independent or employed.

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Topics: independent physician practice, independent physician, hospital employment

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

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