MGMA’s latest look at provider compensation finds that modest increases have occurred across primary and specialty care, with PCPs seeing a 3.4% rise and specialty physicians seeing a 4.4% increase between 2017 and 2018. Total compensation across provider titles has increased between 7% and 11% over the last five years, a trend that will no doubt continue as practices seek to attract shrinking pools of talent with attractive compensation packages. The Midwest and South offered the most lucrative compensation rates, while Eastern regions offered the lowest.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Cardiologist Joseph Galichia, MD and his medical group will pay $5.8 million to settle claims that he violated the False Claims Act by improperly billing the federal government for unnecessary surgical procedures. This is Galichia’s third offense. He settled similar allegations in 2000 and 2009 to the tune of $2.8 million.
ClearData names Suhas Kelkar (BMC) chief product officer and Thomas McKeever (Accela) general counsel, chief legal officer.
Announcements and Implementations
Naugatuck Valley Radiology Associates (CT) implements Royal Solutions Group’s appointment scheduling and check-in, patient communication, and payment software.
Aledade enlists the California Medical Association to help it enroll physician practices in its first ACOs in the state. Sacramento-based CalHIPSO has agreed to provide interested practices with technology integration support.
App-based house call company Heal adds virtual consult services.
Health Quest Systems notifies patients of a 2018 data breach that may have compromised PHI. The breach occurred through phishing attacks at affiliates Health Quest Medical Practice, Health Quest Urgent Care, and Hudson Valley Newborn Physician Services. HQS has since implemented multifactor authentication and provided additional cybersecurity training to its employees.
University of North Carolina innovation scholar Aneesh Agarwal creates the Clinic Locator app to help consumers find free or affordable health clinics in their area. The app currently has 1,000 clinics listed across the country.
- EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the SCPHA Association Annual Clinical Network Retreat June 7-9 in Myrtle Beach, SC.
- Nordic releases a new podcast, “How to build an effective hub-and-spoke relationship.”
- Is Urgent Care the New Primary Care? (EClinicalWorks)
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