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5 ways to boost your bottom line in 2015

Last week's top story, "Practices' top financial challenges of 2014 turned out to be a hotter headline than I'd predicted. Perhaps the popularity of that story speaks to the adage...

Can adding a PA instantly boost your bottom line?

At a time when many practices must do more with less, some experts say that adding one or more physi cian assistants  (PA) to your payroll can help make practice access--and revenue--more abundant, according to an arti cle  from  HCPLive.

Despite a stabilizing malpractice environment, experts say tort reform doesn't work

The current medical malpractice environment has grown slightly less treacherous for doctors over the past seven to 10 years, with payouts falling and premiums remaining relatively flat, according to res earch  published in the  Journal of the American Medical Association.  But this stabilization of the market has not been due to traditional liability reforms such as those capping damages or scrutinizing qualifications of expert witnesses.

Practices' top financial challenges of 2014

Financial challenges continue to plague physician pr actices, as indicated by the latest sur vey  from  Medical Economics, which sheds light on the trends currently affecting physician incomes and office balance sheets.

Case study: Intermountain Healthcare shares lessons in achieving Triple Aim

For today's primary care practices, the holy grail of delivering personalized, patient-centered care is actually three-fold. And while learning several lessons along the way, Intermountain Healthcare has achieved these goals, according to an article from H&HN.

UnitedHealth's Lee Newcomer: Effective bundled payments require physician leaders, collaboration

UnitedHealthcare has created and implemented effective bundled payments, including a program that lowered medical costs for breast, colon and lung cancer treatment by 34 percent.  In partnership with those providers, UnitedHealth established more than 60 quality and cost measures to determine whether the  bundled payment  program was achieving its goals.  Lee Newcomer, UnitedHealth's senior vice president of oncology, tells  FierceHealthPayer  how it worked.

How price transparency may complicate medical decision-making

Despite the benefits of increasing healthcare price transpa rency  for patients, putting cost information in front of  clinicians may introduce ethical challenges in ensuring patients get appropriate care, according to a po st  from  Forbes.

Aetna, UnitedHealth, WellPoint earnings: Business is growing

Things are good for the top three health insurers right now, at least financially speaking. Aetna, UnitedHealth and WellPoint all released third quarter reports that surpassed expectations and provided more evidence that the Affordable Care Act is generally good for business.

Study finds savings, care improvements in Blue Cross global budget model

A global budget reimbursement model improved the quality of patient care and lowered costs in its first four years, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers...

MGMA Washington update: Not much good news, but resources abound

FiercePracticeManagement   talks to J eb Shepard,  senior government affairs representative of the Medical Group Management Association, about the highlights of this year's Washington Update at the MGMA annual conference.