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Economics of health care
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.
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.
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.
How does it feel to benefit from federal red ink?
It's a big hill to climb for a carrot that may not be there when you reach the top.
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.
Its payment system undervalues primary care, and its regulations include jail time for physicians' mistakes. What's not to love?
Health care in general may suffer from an incurable disease. (Are you surprised?)
High-tech, high-cost procedures may get all the glory in health care, but they signal our failure to reward prevention.
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.