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PDF Icon Co-Management Arrangements � Aligning Physicians and Hospitals
Alignment, integration, and engagement of physicians is a key strategy for health systems seeking to create high-performance, high-quality, and high-efficiency organizations. One way physicians and hospitals are trying to achieve this common goal is through co-management arrangements, which provide physicians and hospitals an opportunity to achieve safety, quality, cost efficiency, and patient satisfaction. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small CMS Proposes 0% Change in 2011 ASC Payment Rates
Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) can expect to see a zero percent increase in Medicare reimbursements in 2011, according to the proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 2, 2010 related to the ASC and hospital outpatient prospective payment system The proposed market basket update for hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) for 2011 is set at 2.15%. (Read more...)

PDF Icon Small CMS and ONC Issue Final Rules about �Meaningful Use�
Under the HITECH provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), eligible healthcare professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals may qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments upon the implementation and demonstration of �meaningful use� of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. Through HITECH, the federal government will make available incentive payments totaling up to $27 billion over 10 years. The legislation links the incentive payments to the achievement of advances in health care clinical and quality processes and outcomes. On July 13, 2010 CMS and ONC issued the Final Rules regarding what constitutes meaningful use for the purposes of qualifying for the incentive payments. (Read more...)

HCC Background
Founded in 1993, HCC has developed significant research resources; a staff of experienced professionals with strong credentials; a dedication to the discipline of process and planning; and, an organizational commitment to quality client service as the core ingredients for the cost-effective delivery of professional consulting services. HCC has served a diverse range of healthcare industry & medical professional clients in over 45 states including hospitals & health systems (both tax exempt & for profit); outpatient & ambulatory facilities; management services organizations; clinics, solo & group private practices in a full range of medical specialties, subspecialties & allied health professions; managed care organizations; biotechnology and pharmaceutical ventures; ancillary service providers; disease management firms; Federal and State agencies; public health and safety agencies; other related healthcare enterprises and agencies; and, these clients� advisory professionals, e.g., their consulting, legal and accounting firms.

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