Insights from Ludi

3 Factors That Help Hospitals Save on Physician Payments

Posted by Brian Brock on Oct 5, 2017 11:17:57 AM

To remain competitive and serve their core mission of patient care, hospitals must continually find ways to cut costs and increase revenue.

Opportunities to reduce costs on physician payments for administrative duties are usually overlooked because of legacy operational processes in place. Hospitals contract with physicians to serve as medical directors for strategic service lines, shift work or on-call work, research grants, and teaching programs for graduate medical residents. Most often, savings are readily available with stricter adherence to contracted duties and payment terms through software that automates these processes.

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Topics: physician payment, hospital spending

The Surprising Complexity of Physician Payment and Reimbursement

Posted by Lucy Sonnamaker on Sep 6, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Paying a physician for administrative time is easy, right? You write a contract, the doctor turns in a time log, someone signs off on it and a check gets sent out. Easy, right?

In the words of the great Cher Horowitz, “As if!” (Clueless, 1995)

I (among other things) read contracts for a living and figured something out long ago: physician contracts are rarely written by the people who need to administer them. If they were, they’d make sense and be easy to use. Instead, they’re written to be legal, compliant, cost effective and to help with physician alignment. This leads to physician compensation plans that are difficult to administer.

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Topics: physician payment

3 Physician Contracting Errors Hospitals Cannot Afford to Make

Posted by Gail Peace on Jun 28, 2017 9:22:12 AM

The regulatory environment dictates that hospitals who contract with physicians meet specific conditions in order for the contract to be legal. The conditions are meant to ensure the physician payment is not based on volume or value of business because it can lead to overusing services and increasing overall costs of care. Technically violating your own contracts can lead to multi-million dollar settlements.

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Topics: physician errors, physician contracts, physician payment, physician contracting errors