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MD online ratings raise concerns

Physicians are rightfully concerned that unfiltered access to online ratings of them without appropriate safeguards may be detrimental to informed patient decision making, and may have distorting effects on patient access to care.

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Blues bend on publicized policies

While Independence Blue Cross and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield have recently ceded ground on coding and reimbursement methodologies, it remains to be seen whether insurers and physicians will be able to develop the necessary level of trust and collaboration to make innovative systems work.

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New information technology solutions

Application Services Provider is a relatively new type of outsource provider that delivers and supports software as a service over a network, such as the Internet. This trend is beginning to offer physician practices new and attractive alternatives for changing or upgrading management information systems.

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