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Summer 2017

The career development quarterly for physicians of all specialties, PracticeLink Magazine provides readers with feature articles, compensation stats, helpful job search tips—as well as recruitment ads from organizations across the U.S.

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Contact Nicole Nardi Director, Medical Staff Recruitment & Relations (570) 320-7696 or nnardi@susquehannahealth.org UPMC Susquehanna , formerly Susquehanna Health, is a growing, dynamic, and financially stable health system affiliated with Pittsburgh-based UPMC, serving north central Pennsylvania with a broad array of state-of-the-art care. Comprised of four hospitals, UPMC Susquehanna's multi-specialty group employs over 160 physicians in Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. UPMC Susquehanna values physicians for their role in creating an effective, progressive, and successful health system. Physician opportunities range from primary care to medical/surgical/trauma specialties. For a full list, visit: UPMCSusquehanna.org/Careers. Susquehanna Health is now UPMC Susquehanna. Make a World-Class Career Move PracticeLink.com S u MM e R 2017 39 PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVES The private sector is also shifting to payments based on service quality rather than just quantity. UnitedHealthCare, Blue Cross and Aetna, for example, use a variety of initiatives to promote value-based care. These initiatives include AC o s, patient-centered medical homes, bundled payments and pay-for- performance, by which payments go up or down depending on quality measures. A recent study ref lects the cost savings that can come from the initiatives. The study, "Cost of Joi nt R epl a cement Usi ng Bu ndled Payment Models" by Amol S. Navathe M.D., Ph.D., and others, appeared in the February 2 017 issue of J A M A I nter na l Medicine. The researchers studied 3,942 patients who received joint replacement surgery and whose procedures Medicare paid for using bundled payments. The average cost per procedure was reduced by 20.8 percent, from $26,785 to $21,208, when compared to traditional fee-for- service payments. The savings come primarily from reduced costs for implants, supplies and institutional care. The study said, "Patient illness severity remained stable." ● Jeff Atkinson (J a tkin747@aol.com) teaches health care law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Win! Find your next practice— and enter to win a $500 gift card— at PracticeLink.com/Win.

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