Trends in Healthcare: The Patient Centered Medical Home

This emergence of the Patient-Centered Medical Home has been a hot topic of discussion recently, and will continue to be in the coming months and years.  

Take Manhasset, N.Y. based Beacon Health Partners, an independent physician association made up of 90 independent physician practices throughout New York, for example.  They are making headlines for their success in adopting the Patient-Centered Medical Home under the ACO model.  

You can read about the story by clicking HERE.  The Patient Center Medical Home will be also be discussed in-depth at the upcoming Physician Practice Survival Conference in Raleigh, NC on December 7 & 8, 2012.  Learn more about the conference HERE.

Enjoy your weekend!


The “New Center” in Healthcare

Joe Flower, a Sausilito, California-based healthcare analyst/futurist was recently featured in an article over at, where he discussed the future potential of primary care in the U.S.  

Joe believes that an epic shift is healthcare is currently occurring that will lead to a system that places an increased importance on primary care physicians.  A very interesting article and I highly recommend reading that entire piece yourself.  

Click HERE to check it out. 

Independent Physician Practice “Dead”?

According to new research from recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins, one might have to agree.

Their findings indicate that recruitment of doctors into independent practice’s has decreased at a shocking pace. ..

“Only 1 percent of its search assignments in 2011/2012 (down from 22 percent 11 years ago and 2 percent in last year’s report) were for recruitments of doctors into solo practices.”

The problem with this metric (as they point out in the article) is the question “Does the fact they doctors aren’t being recruited into independent practices actually mean that the independent practice is dead?”

Granted, there differing opinions on whether or not the independent practitioner is dead, but one thing is for sure—they are certainly in decline.

What’s your take?  You can read the full article HERE.


“ObamaCare” Upheld. What Now?

As you have by now heard, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Many Americans stand to be affected by this ruling and there are certainly conflicting opinions about the law itself and the effect it will have on the healthcare industry as a whole.

I am by no means an expert on Constitutional Law, so I will defer to healthcare law and policy expert, Bruce Fried.

When asked about the movement to repeal the ACA, Dr. Fried had this to say: ““While many political challenges remain, at this point the law is the law,” says Mr. Fried.  It’s time for physicians to adjust to the new reality, he continues. “The healthcare system has already begun to change as employers and commercial insurers begin to adopt and implement changes to how healthcare is delivered and financed,” Mr. Fried says. “From where I sit, these changes offer physicians enormous opportunities to help shape the healthcare system, and that can only be good.”

At the Physician Practice Survival Conference, Mr. Fried will address how the Supreme Court’s decision shapes the legal and regulatory landscape for independent physicians. Joining Mr. Fried on the physician conference program will be some of the most respected leaders in healthcare, from practicing physicians to industry executives to third-party solution providers. In addition to the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the day-and-a-half conference will examine the economic challenges that threaten the survival of independent physician practices. A full roster of healthcare thought leaders will also discuss the business models that can answer these challenges and produce long-term economic stability for physicians who wish to remain independent.

In Case You Missed the Big Announcement…

…We have officially announced the inaugural Physician Practice Survival Conference that will bring together some of the brightest minds in healthcare to tackle the growing crisis in healthcare-the demise of the independent private practitioner.  

I highly suggest taking a minute to read this… The future of your practice could depend on it.  You can check it out here.

Why You Gave Up Your Practice…

The strain on independent physicians is not being caused solely from health care reform.  There are many other factors in play.

Jordan Grumet, M.D. recently had this to say about the doctor-patient relationship:

“The doctor-patient relationship can be difficult. At it’s best, it is a mutual, symbiotic connection between client and consultant. Sometimes, however, being a physician is like trying to parent two thousand teenagers. Although there is great affection on both sides of the examining table, the perspective is markedly different.

I admit that I can never know exactly what my patients are feeling, I haven’t walked a day in their shoes. On the other hand, I have years of experience treating just the sort of complaints they come to my door seeking help with.

There are days when I fervently wish they would let me use this experience to help them”.

You can read the article in its entirety here.

To find solutions for the every day struggles facing independent physicians, visit

The Plight of the U.S. Physician: Killing Trees or Saving Lives?

It is a well known fact (even to those outside of the Healthcare Industry) that the modern U.S. physician is drowning in government required paperwork and red tape related to recent attempts at healthcare reform.

Kerry Willis, MD is no stranger to the challenges facing independent medical practices in today’s economy.  He is the CEO of Largest Continuously Operating Physician Network in Eastern NC and Founding Officer and Board Member of Atlantic Integrated Health and its business operations subsidiary, The Beacon Company.

Given his impeccable track record, when Dr. Willis speaks – people listen.  That’s why I thought it important to share a letter he recently composed to President Obama.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.  I would also highly recommend checking out Dr. Willis in-person when he speaks at the Physician Practice Survival Conference in Raleigh, NC on October 19 & 20, 2012!