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Administrative Burden of Regulations Hurts Hospitals, Physicians and Patients

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


The numbers are staggering! Larry takes a close look at the costs—monetary and human—of administrative burden and regulatory requirements in health care today.

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As Larry has noted many times, we are in an era of unprecedented change in healthcare. Regardless of your opinion on the pace and type of change, it’s hard to argue that there has ever been a greater need for hospitals and their physician partners to collaborate and innovate together. This remains an area of great challenge and opportunity. In this week’s blog post, Larry asks readers to take a 7-question survey to determine the key attributes of hospital-physician alignment.

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Will Episode-Based Care Become Part of MIPS?

Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


Just when we were no longer sure where episode payment models stood with CMS, it has announced that it is now conducting a one-month field testing for eight episode-based cost measures for MIPS. Larry shares all the details and provides a lot of resources for those who are impacted by this.

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Conference Highlights: The Whys and Hows of Heart Program Success

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


If you did not attend MedAxiom’s CV Transforum Fall’17 conference last week, and are involved in a cardiology practice or CV service line at a hospital, you may have some catching up to do. Larry shares some of the highlights of the conference in this week’s blog post.

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Hey, heart program, you have growth opportunities in 2018!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


Downsizing has become a regular part of health care these days as hospitals and health systems seek to shed expenses in response to declining (or negative) margins. At a minimum, there is an intense scrutiny on labor costs and it often seems as if “per FTE” has become the predominant metric of success. It is true that the payer mix has shifted, once profitable volumes (e.g. open heart, SPECT and diagnostic cath) have declined, and the rewards that come from providing “value” are still not being financially rewarded to any large degree. But does that mean that the opportunities for growth are nonexistent? Larry Sobal says, “Not at all if you are willing to take a more imaginative view of your growth options as you begin to finalize your 2018 strategy.” Read Larry’s ideas on how to achieve the greatest growth opportunities for heart programs in 2018.  

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Larry Sobal interviews Advanced Practice Provider (APP) expert Ginger Biesbrock about the opportunities to advance the Quadruple Aim of health care, including increasing ROI, through team-based care and APP optimization.

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