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October/November 2013

By: Greg Thompson

It’s not a figment of your imagination: Radiology practices are getting larger via mergers/acquisitions. Hospitals are broadening their reach, using the same tactics, in their efforts to maintain regional influence. One example of this phenomenon, in the private-practice realm, is Charlotte Radiology in North Carolina, which has grown from having 61 FTE radiologists in 2008 to having 85 in 20121 (an increase of more than 40% in four years). Arl Van Moore Jr, MD, FACR, led the group through much of that growth as president; that role was assumed in 2012 by Robert Mittl Jr, MD, freeing Moore to focus on his role as chair and CEO of Strategic Radiology LLC, a consortium of 17 independent radiology practices. Government policy is shaping the current merger environment, Moore believes. “A...

Features
By: Cheryl Proval
June, a month long prized by brides, had a strong matrimonial pull on health-care providers, with a pair of announced mergers/acquisitions that created two massive health systems, one for profit and...
Features
By: Jordan Handy and Matt Simpson
The Inland Northwest, which we call home, is fortunate to have a legacy of health-information sharing among many organizations. These include the 97-radiologist private practice Integra Imaging (...
Features
By: Cynthia E. Keen
Ask any health–IT executive for a synonym for change, and a probable response is merger/acquisition. The rapid pace of consolidation among physician practices, individual hospitals, hospital...
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By: Staff Writer
Some observers have commented on the narrow networks associated with many insurance products being offered by the state and federal insurance exchanges mandated by the Patient Protection and...
Features
By: Julie Ritzer Ross
Reimbursement cuts, market consolidation, and health-care reform have sparked significant changes in the imaging-technology strategies being implemented across the radiology landscape. Practices,...
Features
By: Cat Vasko
On July 16, 2013, CMS announced the results¹ of its accountable-care organization (ACO) program, the Pioneer ACO Model. The program was designed to test the impact of higher levels of shared savings...
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By: Cheryl Proval
From the man who imprinted the definition of value on health care’s collective forehead comes a prescription for the rescue of global health: Business guru Michael E. Porter (with Thomas H. Lee)¹...
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By: Jeffrey Leef, MD
I read with interest the recent article by Cynthia Keen, “When a Hospital Replaces a Private Practice.”¹ The featured group is portrayed as an example of the type of practice that currently is being...