About Jason Peterson

Jason’s extensive project management, healthcare operations, and information technology (IT) experience enables him to take a holistic approach in addressing issues from physician compensation mechanisms to information systems integration. At ECG, Jason has worked on a variety of engagements, including strategic business planning, physician/hospital alignment development, physician compensation planning, managed care contract analysis, and provider-based billing implementation. Before transitioning to the Healthcare – Northwest practice, Jason worked in ECG’s Healthcare IT practice, implementing electronic health record (EHR), practice management, and patient portal systems. Prior to joining ECG, Jason worked as a Quality and Operational Improvement Consultant for Kaiser Permanente and as a System Engineer for a healthcare IT vendor, managing interface implementation and device integration projects. Jason has master’s degrees in business administration and health services administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering with a minor in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Rethinking the Role of ACPs in Cardiology

Is the right person performing the right tasks at the right time in your cardiology practice?  Advanced care practitioners (ACPs), such as physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs), have long supported the delivery of cardiac care.  In many physician practices and hospitals, however, ACPs are simply not being leveraged as effectively as they could be.  Instead, lingering assumptions about the role of ACPs and long-held practice models are restricting their true capacity to improve productivity and enhance patient access.  The use of PAs and NPs is not new or novel, yet ACPs continue to be untapped resources for improving the delivery of cardiac care. Continue reading

Four Key Components of Comanagement Arrangements

Comanagement strategies are growing more prevalent as hospitals and physicians seek to strengthen alignment. Yet many physicians and health system administrators lack a complete understanding of the essential structures and components for the development of these agreements. Although the specific details of comanagement agreements differ widely across hospitals and specialties, effective agreements will include and address four key components, as discussed here. Continue reading