Population Health Special Report

The population health challenge
The population health challengeFee-for-service medicine is on the way out. That may be hard to believe if most of your income still comes from such payments, which reward physicians for the volume of services they provide. But it’s clear that payers are increasingly emphasizing reimbursement methods that reward value, rather than volume—and that that transition is accelerating.
Experts see potential in population health management, but obstacles remainPopulation health management holds great potential for improving healthcare and lowering costs, but obstacles still need to be overcome is the takeaway from a panel of healthcare experts in a Google hangout videoconference.
Chronic care management success
Chronic care management successAt first glance, Medicare’s new chronic care management (CCM) billing code, which became available January 1, looks like a major opportunity for primary care practices. But many practices will find it difficult to meet the requirements for billing the code, and a major reason is the limitations of today’s electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Physicians with both MDs and MBAs practice less, move into leadership, businessAs more medical schools offer dual medical doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees, a new study measures the impact of the burgeoning educational trend on physicians’ career opportunities.