Why one doctor opted for telemedicine over a hospital

Why one doctor opted for telemedicine over a hospital

Jessica Knox finished medical school feeling jaded by the medical system and wanted a different way to practice medicine. So instead of following most of her peers into the hospital, she joined a telehealth startup.

Bigger isn’t always better for physician practices

Bigger isn’t always better for physician practices

By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare

Doctors who are thinking about growing a larger practice should proceed slowly. Practices must be sure expansion makes financial sense before jumping in, says John B. Pinto, president of J. Pinto & Associates, an ophthalmology practice management and consulting firm. For instance, while it sounds counterintuitive, larger-scaled ophthalmic practices can translate into lower paychecks for eye surgeons, he writes in Ocular Surgery News.

Overall, one in four physician practices is now hospital-owned, with 38% of U.S. physicians now employed by hospitals and health systems.

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Orthopedic practice among the first to pursue bundled payments with private payers

Orthopedic practice among the first to pursue bundled payments with private payers

The largest orthopedic private practice group in the country hopes to be among the first to negotiate bundled payments for seven surgical procedures.  Under the bundled payment system, the medical practice and payers will agree on the cost of the seven procedures, based on the historical costs of care. Then it will be up to physicians to manage the care of patients, not only the surgery, but the entire episode—from the pre-operative stage through to rehabilitation for 90 days after surgery.