Last week, Elation had the opportunity to meet and spend time with the rapidly growing group of private physicians, including concierge medicine and direct primary care providers. This event, which lasted two days, was an exciting chance for Elation to reiterate its support for the private physician community and spend one-on-one time with some of the leaders of this movement.Read More >
We’re delighted to be hosting an event in the Denver area, tomorrow with local physicians Drs. Davidson and Keller, in an effort to bring the Denver community of providers together. During this event, we hope to discuss the challenges independent practices face, share insights on how practices can improve patient care, and celebrate the impact independent physicians have had in the Denver area.
On the heels of the news about MACRA’s new options, there has been some renewed interest in transforming healthcare from a federal level. This week, the nation’s first chief technology officer, Aneesh Chopra shared an optimistic view about electronic health records and interoperability. Chopra believes “healthcare’s data revolution has arrived” according to his interview with Politico.
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The CMS recently announced that it plans to give providers the opportunity to pick one of four different options for how they comply with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) or the “Quality Payment Program”, which is set to begin on January 1. This announcement comes after intense pressure from policymakers and physicians to give providers that did not feel ready for full implementation of MACRA’s reporting requirements more flexibility.Read More >
Every decision we make involves an element of risk and uncertainty. Whether choosing where to have dinner on a Saturday night or what to pack for a weekend hike, the choices we make can oftentimes lead to unexpected outcomes. The ramifications of such a decision become far more serious when made in the context of a patient’s health — yet these are the types of decisions physicians make everyday.
This Wednesday, we’re excited to be hosting an event exclusively focused on the impact Elation is having on the Santa Barbara community. Joined by three well-known local physicians, Dr. Bordofsky, Dr. Baker, and Dr. Golgert, attendees will have the opportunity to receive personal insights on the clinical benefits of care collaboration between practices on the Central Coast.
Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) introduced CPC+, their plan to transform primary care by supporting primary care practices that commit to providing comprehensive, coordinated and continuous care for their patients during this 5-year program.
The big news in healthcare this week came from data released by CMS. More specifically, Medicare’s accountable care organizations generated nearly $500 million in savings in 2015. But there’s a downside too - nearly half of participants didn’t achieve any savings. What does this mean for the efficacy of ACOs? More on that below.
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As direct primary care practices continue to grow and thrive, DPC practitioners and those interested in the model must keep up with constantly evolving rules and regulations. Federal and state legislation, IRS Policy, and Medicare policy are all relevant topics for the direct primary care community to consider.