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Keeping the Physician Practice Independent: Challenges and solutions under the Affordable Care Act

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Remaining independent and complying with the Affordable Care Act (signed into law in March of 2012), is difficult while possible for independent and small group practices.  However, given the difficulties, a large percentage of currently practicing physicians and medical practices have moved to an employee arrangement.  Further, approximately 75% of new graduates intend to be employees of a large system over the next five years.  The current independent practices and small group practices have good…

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Changing Practice Models & The Affordable Care Act

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Undoubtedly, one of the largest issues facing physicians today is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as the ACA. The bill, which was passed on March 23rd, 2010, outlined comprehensive health care reform initiatives that will eventually change the landscape of physician practice as we currently know it. Although opinions on the Act and what it means for health care delivery are highly divided, one thing is for certain – the changes…

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Congress OKs Measure Averting 27.4% Physician Pay Cut

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The US Senate and House approved a payroll tax package which includes a provision to stave off a 27.4% cut in physician Medicare payments that was scheduled to be effective tomorrow—March 1,2012.   The bill also freezes physicians Medicare payment rates at their existing level until December 31, 2012. To learn more, click here. To contact the author, call 800-457-7790 and ask for Mike Taskila.

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