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How Did Providers Respond to Demand After the Affordable Care Act?

November 2, 2017 - Provider organizations employed additional staff, especially advanced practice clinicians, and expanded facilities and hours in response to increased care demands from more insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, a new Urban Institute report uncovered. “Many expected that the increased demand for healthcare resulting from coverage expansion would create supply problems,”...


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Trevor Fetter Steps Down as Tenet Healthcare Corp CEO, Director

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Tenet Healthcare Corporation CEO Trevor Fetter stepped down earlier than expected as head of the health system. He also resigned as director of the company, Tenet recently announced. The health system stated in August 2017 that Fetter would no...

Healthcare Workforce Demand Growing Faster than Provider Supply

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The demands of the healthcare workforce are significantly outpacing the supply of new doctors available, especially for primary care providers, a recent Merritt Hawkins survey uncovered. The survey of 935 physicians in their final year of residency...

25% of Physicians Dissatisfied with Provider Compensation Rates

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Even though a majority of physicians either received the same or an increase in provider compensation in 2016, about one-quarter of them expressed dissatisfaction with their annual pay last year, a recent PraticeMatch survey revealed. The survey...

Health Center Work Conditions Drop After Practice Transformation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Improving work conditions for clinicians and staff members may be key to implementing practice transformations for value-based care in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), a new Health Affairs study suggested. Recent survey results showed...

Hospitals Turning to Staff Buyouts to Reduce Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Massachusetts-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital may extend a voluntary buyout offer to employees in order to reduce healthcare costs in the face of growing labor expenses and stagnant claims reimbursement rates. In April 2017, the hospital...

Primary Care Job Growth Slows, Affecting Healthcare Spending

by Jacqueline Belliveau

With the number of specialist jobs rising nearly six times faster than primary care provider positions between 2005 and 2015, industry efforts to control and reduce healthcare spending may be in trouble, a recent Health Affairs blogpost suggested....

Geisinger Lowers Turnover for Healthcare Revenue Cycle Success

by Jacqueline Belliveau

A MAP Award for High Performance in Revenue Cycle from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) indicates that a health system achieved outstanding healthcare revenue cycle performance on metrics such as net days in accounts receivable...

Greater Non-Physician Staffing Helps Healthcare Revenue Cycle

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Increasing the number of non-physician providers and support staff, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners, is key to healthcare revenue cycle performance, a recent MGMA survey revealed. The survey of over 2,900 medical groups across...

ACOs Restructure Healthcare Staffing for High-Risk Patients

by Jacqueline Belliveau

To successfully lower healthcare costs while improving care quality, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have restructured their healthcare staffing models to provide additional support to high-risk patients, a recent American Journal of Accountable...

Healthcare Prices, Spending, Employment Decline in Early 2017

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Recent research from the Altarum Institute showed that healthcare prices, spending, and employment are all trending downward after a three-year period of healthcare spending acceleration. Healthcare employment growth declined by 10,000 per month...

52% of Provider Compensation Bonuses Tied to RVUs, Not Quality

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Approximately 52 percent of provider compensation offers with a production bonus in 2017 based the additional pay on relative value units (RVUs), while just 39 percent used quality metrics, a recent Merritt Hawkins survey found. The study of...

Healthcare Employment Shifting to Hospital-Employed Providers

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Physician practice owners no longer make up the majority of patient care providers, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) healthcare employment study revealed. Approximately 47 percent of patient care providers had a full or part ownership...

87% of Practices Not Adding Staff for MACRA Implementation

by Jacqueline Belliveau

About 87 percent of physician practices do not plan on hiring additional healthcare staff to help with MACRA implementation, a recent Physicians Practice survey showed. The survey of over 1,000 practice managers and physicians revealed that most...

House Reps Address Physician Shortage in Medicare Residency Bill

by Jacqueline Belliveau

House representatives Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Ryan Costello (R-PA) recently introduced legislation that aims to resolve physician shortage challenges by adding more Medicare-funded residency positions. A summary of the Resident Physician Shortage...

VA, HHS Healthcare Staffing Agreement to Up Vet Care Access

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Secretary of Veteran Affairs David J. Shulkin, MD, recently announced a new partnership between the VA and HHS that aims to boost healthcare staffing at VA facilities to improve access to care and care coordination. The collaboration agreement...

Brigham and Women’s Offers Buyouts to Lower Healthcare Costs

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently presented 1,600 employees with a voluntary buyout option in an effort to control the facility’s healthcare costs, a local news source reported. Hospital officials reassured reporters...

How Adding Physician Assistants Improves Hospital Revenue Cycle

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Physician assistants are key players on hospital care teams, but leveraging staffing levels and care delivery capabilities may improve hospital revenue cycle. Many hospital leaders and physicians face greater care delivery, administrative, and...

Senators Push Bill to Address Physician Shortage in Rural Areas

by Jacqueline Belliveau

Three senators recently introduced a rural healthcare bill that would extend the Conrad State 30 Program until 2021 to help alleviate the physician shortage in designated Health Professions Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas. Senators...

Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant Salary Grew in 2016

by Jacqueline Belliveau

As nurse practitioner and physician assistant salary rates continue to rise, a recent PracticeMatch survey found that more advanced practitioners are also increasingly enjoying their jobs. The survey of over 1,000 nurse practitioners and physician...

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