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Affordable Care Act - Rise of Demand in Community Health Centers

1. Many American hospitals have wound up employing family practice physicians or establishing contract management arrangements for their practices. Most hospitals that employ doctors have found that they are losing money on office operations. In essence, the hospital absorbs a loss on the physician practice management side in order to sustain key relationships with physicians who refer patients to the hospital for outpatient and inpatient services. How do you feel about this situation, which now faces so many American hospitals? As CEO of a community hospital, how would your address such a situation if it existed in your own organization.

2. Community health scorecards are a great way of tracking progress in improving the health of a community. What dimensions would you be sure to include in your own community health scorecard? And what are some community health examples of specific measures to include?.

3. Review the website of the National Association of Community Health Centers and the Case Example provided from the Billings Gazette.

http://www.nachc.com/

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/wyoming/article_3d688a54-dfec-11df-b04a-001cc4c002e0.html

Why are so many U.S. communities now applying for community health center grants and seeking ongoing federal funding for a community health center? Would you consider a career in managing a community health center? Why, or why not?

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. Many American hospitals have wound up employing family practice physicians or establishing contract management arrangements for their practices. Most hospitals that employ doctors have found that they are losing money on office operations. In essence, the hospital absorbs a loss on the physician practice management side in order to sustain key relationships with physicians who refer patients to the hospital for outpatient and inpatient services. How do you feel about this situation, which now faces so many American hospitals? As CEO of a community hospital, how would your address such a situation if it existed in your own organization.

It is true that hospitals that employ family practice physicians have lost money on office operations and the physician practice management. The longer longer a hospital owns a physician groups, the higher the likelihood it is losing money on them. The more physicians a hospital employs, the more likely that the operating losses become. The physician groups that operate as separate legal entities from hospitals have the highest losses and potentially because hospitals can lose control over the physician operations. The problem get worse because one study showed that hospitals lose between $150000 and $250000 per physician per year in the first three years of employing a physician. The issues of employing physicians and losing money for ...

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There are many US communities applying for community health center grants and seeking ongoing federal funding for community health center because of the need to care for the growing populations that are strictly in poverty. 830 words.

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