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Richard Baron, MD, MACP

Internal Medicine 2011 Opening Ceremony Speaker
Thursday, April 7, 9:30 a.m.
“Medicine as Practice”

In 1989, Richard Baron, MD, MACP, founded Greenhouse Internists, a community-based internal medicine practice now employing seven physicians in Philadelphia. Greenhouse is part of a pilot project that compensates doctors for preventive and disease-management work -- not just office visits.

In April 2010, his study detailing the uncompensated work burden on primary care physicians was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study used computerized patient records and reporting systems to track all the “invisible” tasks performed at Greenhouse over the year before funding from the pilot project was received. Some of the metrics per doctor, per day include:

“The study’s message is that the current payment system for internists and other primary care physicians does not work,” Dr. Baron said. “Billing for every phone call and e-mail would be burdensome and expensive for our offices, but getting paid an annual lump sum per patient recognizing the actual non-visit based services our patients need could help primary care physicians focus on providing high value services to patients.”

Dr. Baron has received a variety of honors, including the Directors' Award for his service in the National Health Service Corps, the 2010 "Practitioner of the Year" award from the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for his work at Health Partners on improving delivery of preventive care services to children. ACP also has honored Dr. Baron by giving him the Pennsylvania Laureate Award and naming him a Master of the ACP in 2010.

In 2001, Dr. Baron was named to the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), the national independent group of 28 Internists which designs and implements the Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification process for internists and internal medicine subspecialists. He was Chair at ABIM from July 2008 to June 2009 and now serves as a Trustee at the ABIM Foundation.

From 1988-1996, Dr. Baron served as Chief Medical Officer at Health Partners, a non-profit Medicaid HMO, where he learned about Medicaid managed care. He has done consulting for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Health Care Strategies on issues relating to Medicaid managed care and quality improvement. He serves on the Standards Committee for NCQA, the national organization that accredits HMOs, and he became a Board Member of the National Quality Forum in December 2009.

Dr. Baron earned his undergraduate degree in English at Harvard and his medical degree at Yale. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at NYU-Bellevue in New York. He served a scholarship obligation to the National Health Service Corps in rural Benton, Tennessee. From1984 to 1989, he was a full-time faculty member of the Medical College of Pennsylvania at Park Drive Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Dr. Baron voluntarily recertified in 1998 and 2008.

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