THIS WEEK IN U.S. DOMESTIC MEDICAL TRAVEL

Volume 2, Issue 14

Dear Colleagues,

On Thursday, October 27th, 2016, 9:00 am-4:00pm, CAPG - the leading professional association representing accountable physician organizations - is sponsoring the October Symposium: How to Thrive in Risk-Based Coordination Care, in Chicago, IL.

The program will feature speakers who have executed successful risk-based contracts and performed care coordination.

Read on to learn more about CAPG in this issue, as I had the pleasure of discussing the association with its Chief Medical Officer, Amy Nguyen Howell, MD.

As a result of the increasing cost of healthcare services for employers and employees, New World Medical Network™ has developed a one-of-a-kind initiative entitled: "One Price Healthcare™."

According to Terry Johnson, Managing Partner & CFO, New World Medical Network™, the program offers bundled pricing for select surgical procedures, and patients are aware of all medical and non-medical costs prior to undergoing treatment.

Currently, New World Medical Network™ works with providers in New York, Oklahoma and Georgia, with plans to expand its provider base in the future.

We’re starting to hear from many hospitals, independent surgi-centers and provider groups that want to be better positioned to serve self-funded employers offering medical/surgical travel options.  If you have a good story to tell us, please be in touch!  We want to boost opportunities for Centers of Excellence nationwide. 

Tell us:
What distinguishes your service offering in terms of cost, patient experience and satisfaction, outcomes, or other quality indicators. 

Send us your descriptor, including photos or charts, and we will evaluate for publication in this newsletter.

"Rising health insurance premiums, lack of transparency and increased awareness of how varied medical costs and quality vary dramatically between hospitals and across regions, have pushed consumers right into the arms of international and domestic medical travel. The growing industry provides the perfect solution for patients to receive the high-quality, cost-effective care that they need AND rightfully deserve!" - Laura Carabello, Executive Editor and Publisher, Medical Travel Today and U.S. Domestic Medical Travel.

READERS: I invite you to send quotes relevant to domestic medical travel to editor@usdomesticmedicaltravel.com to be featured in upcoming issues of U.S. Domestic Medical Travel.

Thank you for your interest in this exciting, growing market space. Please be in touch with your comments and editorial contributions, which can be sent directly to: editor@USDomesticMedicalTravel.com.

Laura Carabello
Editor and Publisher

 

SPOTLIGHT: Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, chief medical officer, CAPG

Amy Nguyen Howell, MD
anguyen@capg.org

Physician Groups Nationwide Benefit from CAPG October Symposium,
"How to Thrive in Risk-Based Coordinated Care"
October 27, 2016, Chicago, IL: Register here
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160921005910/en

About Amy Nguyen Howell, MD
Dr. Howell is a board-certified family practice physician. She is a family physician at Playa Vista Medical Center, and previously served as chief medical officer at Easy Choice Health Plan, a WellCare Company, where she oversaw clinical direction of medical services within appeals and grievances, care management, utilization management and quality improvement.

Since March 17, 2014, Dr. Nguyen has been chief medical officer of CAPG, the country’s leading association representing physician organizations practicing capitated, coordinated care. 

Click here to read the full story.

Terry Johnson, Managing Partner & CFO, New World Medical Network™

tjohnson@nwmtourism.com
http://www.newworldmedicalnetwork.com/

 

About Terry Johnson
Terry has 25+ years in healthcare management with strength in operations, financial oversight and sales. He has served as a VP of a large national service provider and holds his MS in Management from Rollins College.

Click here to read the full story

How to Thrive in Risk-Based Coordinated Care: Physician Groups Nationwide Benefit from CAPG October Symposium
October 27, 2016, Chicago, IL: Register here

Accountable physician organizations throughout the country will benefit from participation at the October Symposium: How to Thrive in Risk-Based Coordination Care, Thursday, October 27, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Chicago, IL. Sponsored by CAPG, the leading professional association representing accountable physician organizations, the program features speakers who have executed successful risk-based contracts and performed care coordination.

Click here to read the full story

Large Variations in Payments for Hospital Outpatient Care to Injured Workers
by Richard Krasner

Back in April of this year, I wrote about a study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) in which it was found that fee schedules may increase the number of workers’ comp claims.

The WCRI released a new study that said that "hospital outpatient payments per surgical episode varied significantly across states, ranging from 69 percent below the study-state median in New York to 142 percent above the study-state median in Alabama in 2014," according to Dr. Olesya Fomenko, co-author of the study and economist at WCRI, and who also is mentioned in my previous post.

Click here to read the full story

CMS' Voluntary Bundled-Payments Program Delivers Mixed Results
by Elizabeth Whitman
Modernhealthcare.com-The first year or so of CMS' voluntary Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has yielded a mixed bag of results, according to the program's evaluation report.

To view the original article click here.

Bundled Payment Success Requires Careful Administration
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthcare.com-An overview of bundled payments by the president of the Commonwealth Fund suggests that while they hold promise for controlling healthcare costs, they are still far from being a universal cost-control measure.

To view the original article click here.

Study: Medicare Joint Replacement Program Should be Risk-Adjusted
by Ron Shinkman

Fiercehealthcare.com-Should Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program be risk-adjusted for the patient's medical complexity?

To view the original article click here.


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Spotlight Interview

Amy Nguyen Howell, MD, chief medical officer, CAPG

Terry Johnson, Managing Partner & CFO, New World Medical Network™

News in Review

Large Variations in Payments for Hospital Outpatient Care to Injured Workers

CMS' Voluntary Bundled-Payments Program Delivers Mixed Results

Bundled Payment Success Requires Careful Administration

Study: Medicare Joint Replacement Program Should be Risk-Adjusted

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