Healthcare Professionals Expect Costs to Rise with Healthcare Reform

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Professionals at healthcare organizations across the country expect costs to rise with healthcare reform but those costs will be tempered by increased access to care and organizational efficiencies.

Seventy-five percent of respondents to the Health Care Reform Readiness Survey said they believe healthcare costs will increase due to healthcare reform; 43 percent said they expect the increase to be significant.

The Health Care Reform Readiness Survey, released by Buck Consultants, a human resource and benefits consulting firm that is a subsidiary of A Xerox Company, is based on responses from more than 200 professionals Continue reading

Changing Reimbursement Models

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It’s probably an unintended consequence—and not a positive one at that—but government programs have helped make dealing with rising operational costs less of a concern for medical practice managers, according to the fourth-annual survey by the Medical Group Management Association on managers’ top daily professional challenges.

Rising operational costs were listed as the top challenge in 2009 and 2010, but in this year’s survey of 1,190 practice managers, they came in third behind “preparing for reimbursement models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice” and participating in the CMS electronic health-record meaningful-use incentive program. Continue reading