Should Physicians Fear Healthcare Reform?

Monday, January 24th, 2011
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Last week’s vote to repeal healthcare reform cemented the U.S. House of Representatives’ stand on the law. Also last week, most physicians who took the National Physicians Survey (NPS) said they feared healthcare reform would weaken the quality of healthcare and hurt their bottom lines.

However, almost half of 3,000 physicians surveyed by Thomson-Reuters and HCPlexus on a range of healthcare issues said they did not know what an accountable care organization (ACO) was. Also, less than 25 percent were actively discussing ACOs, which offer physicians a chance to maintain and grow market share and improve profitability.

The most successful ACOs will be those whose physicians have an active hand in developing the ACO architecture, predicted Jeffrey R. Ruggiero, an attorney advising the Queens County Medical Society on its ACO development approach during last week’s webinar on physician-owned ACOs.

Read more comments from Ruggiero.

In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, we share a link to our first Healthcare Benchmarks video on Reducing Avoidable ER Use. HIN VP and COO Melanie Matthews narrates. We invite you to comment and share with your colleagues.

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