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The Impact of the Sustainable Growth Rate

On February 6, a bipartisan, bicameral proposal was announced to replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and create new physician payment mechanisms. I volume grows while per capita GDP slows, as has been the case over the past decade, then the formula calls for rate cuts – at a time when the total cost of providing patient care is increasing.

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Major Trends Driving Change Across the Orthopedic ASC Market

Continuing uncertainty about future changes to regulation, reimbursement, and costs for orthopedic services is creating an environment of change for physician-owned ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). As a result, owners of independent orthopedic ASCs are increasingly looking toward alignment and integration strategies in response to major market trends and as a means of offering greater value to patients.

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The Future of Physician-Owned Orthopedic ASCs: From the Owner Perspective

Increased demand for higher quality, lower costs, and more coordinated care is driving provider consolidation across the country, including the orthopedic ASC market. As a result, there are complex dynamics that must be evaluated in determining the future viability of independent, physician-owned orthopedic ASCs.

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Principal Perspectives: Healthcare Trends for 2014

As we head into 2014, hospitals and health systems are confronting a number of challenges to remain competitive in their respective markets. The emphasis on cutting costs and reducing reliance on hospital utilization will be felt across the entire healthcare industry, but there are unique obstacles – and solutions – facing each different type of organization.

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Preparing for Health Exchanges: 14 Questions to Assess Your Organization’s Readiness

The PPACA created state-specific health insurance exchanges, now referred to as “marketplaces,” that are designed to offer consumers a side-by-side comparison of available health plans. This article addresses the challenges of health exchanges and provides recommendations for providers regarding proactive operational and strategic tactics to achieve success in the new healthcare reform era.