Economics of health care

November/December 2013 Issue
Physicians Assemble: Integrating Small Groups to Preserve Independent Practice [Feature]

Changes in the economics of health care are forcing many independent practices to join or sell out to large health care organizations. For practices that value their independence, creating virtual networks with other independent practices can provide the size to remain competitive and thrive. These groups can include independent practice associations, management service organizations, or loosely affiliated group practices. Any group will still need to serve the individual practices and be structured to avoid anti-trust concerns.

May/June 2013 Issue
Transitional Care Management: Why Bother? [From The Editor]

Think of it as a way to help your patients, potentially save the system money, and help your bottom line all at the same time.

July/Aug 2010 Issue
Strategies for Reducing Costs in Your Medical Community: The Grand Junction Experience [Feature]

The authors list a number of techniques they have used to contain costs in Grand Junction, recently in the news for its extraordinary ability to deliver high-quality, low-cost medicine.

May/June 2010 Issue
Your Piece of the Deficit [From The Editor]

How does it feel to benefit from federal red ink?

March/April 2010 Issue
Should Doctors Reject the Government's EHR Incentive Plan? [Opinion]

It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.

Nov-Dec 2009 Issue
Creating a High-Quality, Low-Cost Health Care System: Lessons From Grand Junction, Colorado [Opinion]

Physicians who have been instrumental in making Grand Junction, CO, one of the lowest cost health care marketplaces in the country offer the secrets of Grand Junction's success.

Jan 2008 Issue
Does Primary Care Need Medicare? [Opinion]

Its payment system undervalues primary care, and its regulations include jail time for physicians' mistakes. What's not to love?

Nov-Dec 2007 Issue
Baumol's Disease [Opinion]

Health care in general may suffer from an incurable disease. (Are you surprised?)

Sep 2007 Issue
Rewarding Failure [The Last Word]

High-tech, high-cost procedures may get all the glory in health care, but they signal our failure to reward prevention.

Sep 2007 Issue
The Medical Home: An Idea Whose Time Has Come ... Again [Feature]

The article discusses the "medical home" concept and introduces readers to initiatives designed to help family physicians implement medical home features and assess the value of the medical home concept in terms of health care financing.

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