The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Initiative: The Latest in Primary Care Compensation and Upcoming Fair Market Value Challenges

Comprehensive primary care

The CPC+ Initiative In April of 2016, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative. It’s the largest investment in primary care transformation to date as part of the shift towards value-based reimbursement (VBR). This reform program is an extension of the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative that launched… Read More

Hospital Valuation: Beware of Market Approach “Rules of Thumb”

Throughout history, mankind’s ability to recognize patterns (especially potentially dangerous patterns) in the environment and respond quickly was crucial to survival. The study of evolutionary psychology describes how mankind has evolved into pattern-recognizing machines that connect dots and draw conclusions out of patterns we think we find in nature. In a similar way, hospital valuation… Read More

5 Factors Spurring Physician Employment

As physicians continue to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of independent ownership and hospital employment, changes in the healthcare industry are gradually pushing physicians toward alignment with health systems. Data from the American Hospital Association has indicated that the number of physicians employed by hospitals has increased 34% from 2000 to 2010 and approximately 25%… Read More

The Perils of the “Trend and Bend” (Part 1 of 3)

Part One: Trend and Bend When I think of the trend and bend (or just bend), I’m always reminded of the classic line by Irwin M. Fletcher as aircraft mechanic G. Gordon Liddy “c’mon guys, it’s so simple, do you need a refresher course, it’s all ball bearings these days”. Neither the quote nor the… Read More