With the movement toward value-based care still not dramatically changing how physicians are paid, joining an accountable care organization may not be a matter of urgency for most practices, according to an article from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
When we hear the terms "doctor's office" or "medical practice," most of us proabably picture rows of generically upholstered chairs, pastel-hued reception counters, exam rooms with similar jail-cell dimensions and neatly arranged instruments and supplies.
This familiar image is not inherently flawed. For many, the look, feel and mood of a traditional physician practice give a sense of security and professionalism.
But as we've discussed in previous issues of FiercePracticeManagement, healthcare is evolving, and so too are the organizations that provide it. The variations of practice models in existence today, and the possibilities for tomorrow, are virtually limitless.
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