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Much Ado About MACRA

Several clients and provider contacts expressed concern last week about how changing reimbursement methodologies may force IDNs and even community-based oncology medical groups to develop “population-based health” strategies for their patients. Client concerns include the risk of late-stage patients being diverted to hospice, and financial incentives to avoid prescribing branded cancer drugs. Providers we’ve spoken

IDNs Struggle to Execute

Financial results for four large and sophisticated IDNs illuminate some of the challenges these organizations face as they deepen their integration and simultaneously cope with changing reimbursement models. Banner Health, Sutter Health, and Highmark Health all reported sharply declining earnings for 2015 compared to 2014, despite increasing revenue, while Partners announced a steep decline in