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  • Thursday, March 10, 2022 12:39 PM | Terri Dowd (Administrator)

    Pittsburgh Native and Family Grocery Daughter Dr. Suzanne Labriola Launches First of Many Independent Integrative Health Practices- Pittsburgh Health Partners March 8, 2022 Pittsburgh, PA

    After 15 years practicing medicine and implementing quality initiatives across Allegheny Health Network, Dr. Suzanne Labriola has started her own medical practice this week, Pittsburgh Health Partners.  The practice takes a comprehensive hands-on approach to healthcare and a philosophy that creates patient centered care.


     “Making the move to private practice allows me to take care of my patients my way,” says Dr. Labriola.  Pittsburgh Health Partners will continue to hire physicians and providers who share Dr. Labriola’s patient centered care views, allowing them to take back control of their schedule and find joy in practicing medicine once again.  “It might be impossible for one doctor to change the broken healthcare system, but we are certainly going to try.”  Entrepreneurship is in Dr. Labriola’s blood, being born into hard work and a do-what-it takes attitude under 3 generations of Pittsburgh’s famous Labriola’s Italian Markets owners. 

    Growing up with two sisters and one brother, Dr. Labriola and her sisters pursued careers in medicine as their brother, Lenny, leads the family business, Labriola’s Italian Markets. 

    With a strong, close Italian family, it’s no surprise that Dr. Labriola’s passion is in Palliative Care. Care that goes beyond the patient and involves family and caregivers to optimize quality of life and mitigate suffering with those patients diagnosed with progressive diseases.  Pittsburgh Health Partners is welcoming new patients, especially those who want and need integrative care to help navigate the progression of diseases or the maintenance of health.

    Pittsburgh Health Partners, located in Etna, is the first venture for Labriola’s Integrative Health which has partnered with Pittsburgh based Managed Services Organization FocusMD to operate the business. FocusMD Founder and President Jayson Hobbs sees this venture as an exciting opportunity to take best practices and apply them across its three divisions: revenue cycle management, population health management and IT services and software support. “FocusMD was built to help independent practices with the services associated with business operations that most physicians find difficult to manage,” Hobbs commented, “We want physicians to focus on high quality patient care.  By contracting with FocusMD for these services, there is an efficiency that makes for a more successful practice.”

    Changes in the healthcare industry have given insurers and hospital systems uncontrolled pricing power, which has led to rising healthcare costs in Western PA. As a result, independent physicians are finding themselves seeing more patients, and spending less time with each patient, while their practices' profits are being gobbled up by dueling third party companies. Fighting the fight requires independent physicians in the area to get creative, develop new revenue streams, and build strong networks with other independent physicians and healthcare organizations to lower costs and stay alive.

    Dr. Labriola is a proud member of the Independent Medical Doctors (iMD) organization. The iMD supports independent physicians with peer networking, best practices, vendors and services necessary to practice independently. 

  • Monday, February 07, 2022 10:31 AM | Terri Dowd (Administrator)

    Blueberry Pharmacy is Pennsylvania’s first-and-only, fair and transparent, cost-plus pharmacy. Unlike other pharmacies, all prescriptions are priced using the same formula: members pay what we pay + $3.00 (and +$5 for 90 days). This makes nearly all common generics less than $10 for 90 days. You may have even heard the recent news about Mark Cuban - fun fact, Kyle actually helped them over a year ago as they were entering the pharmacy industry.

    Kyle opened Blueberry Pharmacy because he was tired of the pricing games played by other pharmacies. Our model helps patients who have insurance - as our prices are often lower than insurance copays - as well as those who are uninsured. Since launching, we’ve been featured nationally (Axios | Modern Healthcare | Ohio Capital Journal) and locally (Post-Gazette | Lehigh Valley Press | WTAE). We were recently asked to testify before the PA House Democratic Policy Committee on drug pricing.

    We are always happy to connect to see how we might be able to save your patients and employees money on their prescriptions and help them improve their health! We accept FSA/HSA cards. We also deliver throughout Pittsburgh, and can mail throughout Pennsylvania. Anybody can check their prices using our online price checker: https://price.blueberrypharmacy.com.

    Connect with us today!

  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020 10:34 AM | Deleted user

    We are pleased to report that Debra Bogen, MD, FAAP, FABM, Director of the Allegheny County Health Department has informed ACMS that the Health Department is aware of the needs of independent physicians.  These providers will be included Phase 1B Vaccination distribution plans in the event that they do not qualify for Phase 1A.  Dr. Bogen will be reaching out to the Allegheny County Medical Society with additional details on outreach to independent providers.


    Please sign up for updates on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccination to independent providers.  We will disseminate updates as they are available.  

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 8:28 AM | Deleted user

    Regional Independent Physicians Band Together, Allegheny County Medical Society Steps in to support Small Business in Medicine

    Pittsburgh, PA. The long tug of war between the major health systems in Pittsburgh resulted in a number of physicians leaving healthcare systems and launching new medical practices.  In response, the Independent Medical Doctors (iMD) of Western Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County Medical Society have signed a two-year collaboration to incubate and support physicians as small business owners in the practice of medicine.

    Physician owned practices provide excellent quality of care at a much lower cost with unparalleled access and continuity of care at a personal level. The focus and allegiance of the physician remains the patient and their well-being."says Athan H. Georgiades MD, Chair of the Board of the Independent Medical Doctors. “Our partnership with the Allegheny County Medical Society will help independent physicians thrive in our region.”

    “Over the last 16 months, we’ve seen several new independent medical practice models introduced in the region.  These include Direct Primary Care, Concierge, Cash Pay and even some new Direct to Employer efforts.  The Medical Society will work together with our physicians to develop and promote these new models to better serve our community and employers.  To achieve this, we have relaunched our Group Purchasing program under the Prosurant brand to ensure access to quality products at a fair price,” added the ACMS Board Chair, Adele L. Towers MD.

    To further bolster local independent medical groups, the ACMS Board of Directors approved the formation of a Special Committee on Independent Practice (SCIP).  The SCIP will work with the independent practice community to investigate opportunities for the development of new care delivery models and to ensure cost efficiency through the group purchasing program, Prosurant.

    Alan Yeasted MD, Chair of the SCIP, commented, “It’s an exciting opportunity to offer group purchasing through Prosurant to assist providers in supporting independent practice models.  Prosurant will offer cost savings and opportunities for providers to promote their independent practice to patients. Tackling regulatory and payment challenges will also be a major focus for the SCIP.”

     “We are reinventing the traditional medical society model to serve all physicians in Allegheny County including those that work in major health systems.  We look forward to sharing new announcements including our new benefits packages in the months to come,” said Allegheny County Medical Society CEO, Jeremy Bonfini.

  • Tuesday, January 07, 2020 3:02 PM | Deleted user

    CMS released the final 2018 performance data for the Quality Payment Program. Additional data elements show significant success and participation in both the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) paths.

    Performance highlights:

    • 98% of eligible clinicians participated in MIPS in 2018 — up from 95% in 2017
    • 98% of eligible clinicians exceeded the performance threshold score of 15 points to receive a positive payment adjustment — up from 93% in 2017
    • 356,353 clinicians participated in MIPS through APMs — up from 341,220 in 2017

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  • Friday, January 03, 2020 3:11 PM | Deleted user

    Regulatory sprint to coordinated care: New Stark and Anti-Kickback rules
    Michael A. Cassidy, Esq.

    On Oct. 22, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) released new proposed rules regarding Stark Law Exceptions and Anti-Kickback Safe Harbors in response to what has universally been christened as the “Regulatory Sprint to Coordinated Care,” first announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in June 2018.

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  • Friday, January 03, 2020 1:04 PM | Deleted user

    Enter your 10-digit National Provider Identifier (NPI) number to view your QPP participation status by performance year (PY).


  • Thursday, January 02, 2020 9:00 AM | Deleted user

    How to Submit Your 2019 MIPS Data

    Submit data using the following steps: 

    1. Visit the QPP website at qpp.cms.com/login.
    2. Sign in using your QPP access credentials – To sign in and submit data, clinicians will need to register in the HCQIS Authorization Roles and Profile (HARP) system. CMS offers information on HARP enrollment in this QPP Access User Guide.
    3. Submit your MIPS data for the 2019 performance period or review the data reported on your behalf by a third party. 

  • Monday, December 23, 2019 3:08 PM | Deleted user

    What’s in the news: Eight Americans are killed every day in a car crash involving a distracted driver, and more than 1,000 are injured daily in such accidents, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Six percent of drivers in fatal crashes were distracted at the time, the NHTSA says, yet most states are coming up short when it comes to cracking down on a major cause of distracted driving.

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  • Monday, November 04, 2019 1:18 PM | Deleted user

    When a doctor is experiencing burnout, it can lead to adverse outcomes and poor patient-physician communication. 

    Repeated exposure to high-demand, low-control health care environments is linked to adverse outcomes including burnout. And recently published research finds a link between physician burnout and poor patient-physician communication.

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