While the appeal of not having to run a business continues to attract more physicians, various groups urge policymakers to help ensure that hospital contracts don't put employed doctors or their patients at an unfair disadvantage.
On this day in 2010, the first iPads had gone on sale and Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" was the top song on the radio. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act had just become law, the Sustainable Growth Rate was still wreaking havoc and I was compiling the first-ever issue of FiercePracticeManagement.
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services paid approximately 3,900 physicians at least $1 million in 2013, according to a Bloomberg analysis of newly released data from CMS.
In physician practices, most employees are "at will," meaning they can leave or be terminated at any time without cause. Offices bear a responsibility, however, to end such relationships in a professional and legal manner.
The Affordable Care Act has cast a spotlight on preventive medicine as a key way to overcome chronic disease and contain healthcare costs. But as many physicians can attest, simply suggesting beneficial behavior changes does little to ensure at-risk patients will act upon that advice.
While physician practices are already considering alignment opportunities more than ever before, the Oct. 1 implementation deadline for ICD-10 could spur a new wave of affiliations, Paul Keckley, managing director of Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, recently told Healthcare Finance News.
A small segment of physicians who enter hospital employment contracts are beginning to change their minds and return to private practice. In some parts of the country, however, broad noncompete agreements can severely limit physicians' practice mobility later in their careers.
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