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The author, who has long experience working for various large organizations after 14 years in private practice, offers advice for physicians on making the transition and functioning as part of a large organization with its own culture, history, politics, and ways of doing business.
The article provides an overview of the accountable care organization (ACO) model and answers questions, such as "What is an ACO?" "What qualities will make an ACO successful?" and "Do I need to sell my practice to a hospital in order to belong to an ACO?"
The authors make the case for incorporating behavioral health counseling services into the medical home.
The author describes recently released regulations that amplify and clarify the Stark rules governing physician self-referral, specifically where physicians interactions with hospitals are concerned.
The author describes recently released regulations that amplify and clarify the Stark rules governing physician self-referral, specifically where physicians in group practice are concerned.
This article is about how one large group reduced waiting times and increased patient satisfaction by implementing open-access scheduling.
The author explains the CPT definition of "new patient" and describes how to document and code new-patient visits in compliance with Medicare's "Documentation Guidelines for Evaluation and Management (E/M) Services."
The author describes how practices can analyze their CPT coding distributions and determine whether they are billing for an appropriate range of services.
The article describes the "relative value system" one practice developed to make call coverage more equitable among its group members.
This article describes the OIG's voluntary compliance guidance and explains why and how solo and small-group practices should implement the guidance in their practices.