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What We’re Reading | Week of 1.23.2017

Healthcare is a rapidly evolving industry – it’s difficult to read up on everything that matters to you. But the success of your practice can depend on how knowledgeable you are about changes in the healthcare landscape. Privia has compiled a weekly list of important articles we are reading on healthcare industry trends, clinical best practices and legislative updates for your convenience. Here are some of the important articles and blogs on health care that stood out this week:

  • Market Share Matters: Evidence Of Insurer And Provider Bargaining Over Prices, Health Affairs
    “These results suggest that mergers of health insurers could lower the prices paid to providers, particularly providers large enough to obtain higher prices from insurers with modest market shares. Continued monitoring will be important for determining the net effects of the countervailing trends of insurer and provider consolidation on the affordability of health care.”
  • The Heroism of Incremental Care, The New Yorker
    “We devote vast resources to intensive, one-off procedures while starving the kind of steady, intimate care that often helps people more.”
  • 4 things to consider when designing a patient education program, Advisory Board
    “Patient education programs are a critical step for empowering patients to take an active role in their health and wellness by taking their medications correctly. When designing a patient education program, health care leaders should consider four key questions.” 
  • Community-oriented Primary Care Shows Promise in Value-based Era, AAFP
    “In the transition to value-based physician payment models and with the emergence of a new generation of medical students who want to contribute to improving the health of the public, community-oriented primary care (COPC) is again attracting interest as a model of care aimed at improving health outcomes on a population level.”

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