Why Choose Independent Physicians

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~Written by Heather Gahres, Medical Group of Pennsylvania, Office Manager

It is clear with the changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that now more than ever employers and patients are taking a hard look at the care they are receiving and the costs of that care.

The push from the original ACA put the buying power into Hospital Systems. About 50% of the independent practices were purchased by hospital systems. As patients became part of large health systems, centralized scheduling replaced familiar receptionists and often decreased access to their primary physician. Scott Gottlieb of The Wall Street Journal wrote, “Once they work for hospitals, physicians change their behavior in two principal ways. Often, they see fewer patients and perform fewer timely procedures. Continuity of care also declines, since a physician's responsibilities end when his shift is over.”

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Ending the Ban on Physician Owned Hospitals

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In March of 2010, Title VI of the Affordable Care Act effectively prohibited new development or expansion of existing Physician Owned Hospitals (POH). This stifled a thriving healthcare segment that had a 3-4-fold increase over the preceding decade. Shortly thereafter Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began its Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program. CMS began rewarding acute care hospitals with incentive payments for quality care. Parameters measured include patient safety, patient experience, clinical care, efficiency and cost reduction. Direct comparison of hospitals became more readily available to the public.

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Connecting the Cost-Value Chasm in Healthcare

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Cost. Quality. Value.

These are just a few of the buzz words we hear on national television in regards to our health care system every day. Affordable, high quality care is a concept that speaks to both clinicians and patients alike. Yet despite the hype, the concept of bringing value to consumers remains elusive to many independent providers. The harsh realities of multiple system complexities make it difficult for providers to help patients find true value for their hard-earned dollars. Combine that with skyrocketing premiums and annual deductibles, it can make defining the value proposition nearly impossible…. Nearly…

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