Getting past the pilot: Tips for entrepreneurs partnering with health plans

Health systems and insurers are actively seeking out technologies and innovations that drive change in the healthcare system, many focusing on solutions that make healthcare a more seamless experience for people to access and navigate. Given that healthcare represents 17.8 percent of the U.S. economy, health plan investment in innovative […]

Envision ponders the once-unthinkable sale of its ambulance business

The newly merged Envision Healthcare is looking into divesting its once indispensable ambulance and medical transportation business to focus on growth of its bigger physician staffing division and reduce debt. Presenting at the Raymond James Institutional Investors Conference Monday, Envision CEO Chris Holden said physician service revenue and earnings before […]

Creating Successful Alternative Payment Models

Jennifer L. Wiler, MD, MBA; Harold D. Miller; and Nir Harish, MD, MBA March 08, 2017 The American Journal of Accountable Care. 2017;5(1):51-53 ABSTRACT The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 encourages the development of physician-focused alternative payment models (APMs). This creates the most significant opportunity in […]

Changing how doctors get paid

Hospitals and physician groups across the country are beefing up merit pay for quality and patient satisfaction in their physician compensation plans. But Geisinger Health System is doing something radically different. The 12-hospital system based in Danville, Pa., did away with physician bonuses altogether this summer and put all of […]

GOP health bill is out: 10 things to know this morning

After years of lobbying to repeal and replace the ACA, House Republicans put forth The American Health Care Act on Monday. Here are 10 things to know about the legislation. 1. The AHCA would eliminate the ACA’s individual mandate, or requirement for American adults to enroll in health insurance. Further, […]

The District’s mayor said Wednesday she will seek legislation requiring insurance providers to pay the entire costs for ambulance rides and other medical services by first responders, as authorities continue to grapple with ways to improve the emergency response system. The bill — the Affordable Emergency Transportation and Pre-Hospital Medical […]

For Some Hospice Patients, A 911 Call Saves A Trip To The ER

FORT WORTH, Texas — Her mother’s breathing had become labored in the wee hours of the night, during what would prove to be the Fort Worth woman’s final days living with lung cancer. Distraught, the daughter called 911. “Her mother was having some pretty severe shortness of breath,” said Tim […]

Republican ACA repeal plan leaked: 5 things to know

The bill was expected Feb. 27 after a congressional recess, but was leaked to Politico and published Friday. Most of the reconciliation bill is simply a more detailed version of the policy brief revealed last week — it would repeal Medicaid expansion, a host of taxes and dismantle current cost-sharing […]