A disease management program by any other name might go belly up — pronto. But there are ways to avoid the quick fizzle.
Why put impediments in the way of a physician you're offering to take into the practice? The productivity bonus can work against you both.
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We may be heading toward a single-payer health care system — without showing the public all the uncomfortable implications.
Although most PPMs turned out not to be knights in shining armor, there are other organizational models that can truly help physician practices.
Smaller purchasers are less likely than larger ones to use health plan report cards, but to say they don't care is unfair. More information about providers would help.
Two California HMOs are hanging their physician group ratings out on the Internet for the world, literally, to see.