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Incentive pay prevalence echoes boom in employed physicians

As more physicians opt for employment, annual incentive plans have been on the rise for the last five years, and employment contracts are increasing, according to the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm in Philadelphia. The number of hospitals that use incentive plans increased 23% since 2008, and integrated health care systems jumped from 43% to 61% in the same period. Physician practices went up from 70% to 80%, according to Hay’s 2012 Physician Compensation Survey, which was released in December. The boost in incentive plans is related to more doctors selecting employment with hospitals and groups, said C.J. Bolster, vice president of specialized industry for the Hay Group. Ninety-five percent of the largest health systems use incentive plans, he said. Growth in employment contracts also reflected physicians’ move away from independent practice. Seventy percent of hospital-based physicians had employment contracts in 2012, compared with 64% in 2011, while 67% ...

Scope-of-practice challenge from chiropractors heads back to trial

Texas physicians will have to convince a trial court that a diagnostic procedure called Technological Instrumented Vestibular-Ocular-Nystagmus Testing — or VONT — is beyond chiropractors’ scope of practice. A district court, through summary judgment, earlier had ruled that chiropractors could not perform VONT because it expands their practice beyond what Texas law allows. But the Texas Court of Appeals, 3rd District in Austin reversed that decision in late November, saying it was unclear how VONT is defined. The court said that without that clarity, a trial needs to be held to determine those facts in the case that the Texas Medical Assn. filed against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. “What procedures are covered by the term, what are the purposes for performing those procedures and what do those procedures reveal about the patient, specifically about the biomechanical condition of the spine or musculoskeletal system?” the court asked in its opinion. The TM ...

Universal EHR to streamline care for active military and vets

The Dept. of Defense and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs are accelerating efforts to link their health information technology systems to coordinate care better for service members as they transition out of the military and into civilian life. Leaders of the departments announced that they are moving toward using a single electronic health record system, for which the technology will be open-sourced and made available for use by other software developers. The integrated EHR will streamline administrative processes and encourage information sharing between the two departments, said VA Secretary Eric Shinseki during a Dec. 6 news conference. “The new program provides a warm handoff from service member to veteran status to ensure all who served are prepared to transition into civilian life and that they have access to VA benefits and services they’ve earned,” Shinseki said. Sharing between the departments with budgets the size of those for some small countries has not been eas ...