5 benefits for IPAs when connected by a digital network

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Independent physician associations have popped up all over and with good reason. They help doctors retain independence while collaborating with other practices and using their combined voice to achieve better leverage in the marketplace. Together they can work to negotiate contracts, reduce overhead and pursue business alliances.

Although strategic affiliation helps IPAs pursue business opportunities, how can they overcome the disparate nature of their alliance and meet the needs of their contractors and patients?

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9 ways to fix patient access

Posted by Daniel Collins on Thursday, December 22, 2016

1. Despite the rise of on-demand services like AirBnB and Uber, there are many reasons why healthcare lags behind the tech advancements of other industries. To see how consumer demand is reversing this, and helping revolutionize the way patients access care, read Health IT Outcomes’ article on “Matching Patients With The Right Provider”.

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Specialty Referrals 101: Can it be fixed?

Posted by Brad Veach on Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Last week, we examined the stakes for each player in the specialty referrals game. The takeaway is obvious - even when it works, the process is inefficient, if not altogether broken.

What would it take to straighten things out?

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Specialty Referrals 101: Who's Who?

Posted by Brad Veach on Friday, September 23, 2016

The world of specialty referrals has several different players involved in the process. Each of the various stakeholders have unique interests and concerns. Here is a quick look at each of them.

First, what is meant by referral?
At the most basic level, a referral is when a patient sees a doctor for a health issue and is recommended (i.e. referred) to a specialist for further consultation and care.  Read More

Why does reducing lead times matter?

Posted by Brad Veach on Thursday, September 15, 2016

When ordered a referral, a patient should not be troubled to schedule the right appointment. The patient wants the soonest available time, at the closest available location, with the best available physician

When scheduling a referral for a patient, the sending provider should not have to depend on catching a receiving coordinator on the telephone or whether or not the fax went through. The referring physician wants to confirm the soonest available time, at the closest available location, with the best available physician for each patient. The referring physician also should be notified if the appointment was kept, as well as the outcome of the visit. 

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How can online appointment scheduling help Clinically Integrated Networks?

Posted by Chris Lukasiak on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Clinically Integrated Networks (CINs) exist to improve quality of care while controlling costs.

With the transition to value-based care, CINs help primary and specialty care physicians streamline care delivery, banding together to increase the value of their services. This advantage, however, depends on a simple assumption: that patients stay in network.

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Sprung a Leak? The Cost of Referral Leakage

Posted by Brad Veach on Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Roughly one third of all patients leave their primary care physician with a referral in hand. For Medicare patients, that number goes up to half [1]. And every time a patient walks out with a referral, thousands of dollars are on the line.

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