Are you ready for the ICD-10 coding transition? Probably not, and although the deadline is years away, practices should be acting now to prepare. Two experts at this year's MGMA annual conference offer specific steps practices should take now, from setting a budget to contacting vendors.
The state of healthcare IT in the U.S. is grossly behind other developed countries. But that's changing quickly. The landscape is transforming and will soon look nearly unrecognizable as new technologies emerge. A major force behind the change is the Internet, which is a growing source for patient education, patient and physician networking, and data sharing and utilization.
Healthcare attorney Bruce Johnson and administrator Jim Gangelhoff discuss the various models of hospital-physician alignment and integration, the compliance issues each presents, and physician compensation methods and incentive structures that work.
Practices might not be forced to sell out to hospitals, but they will need an alignment strategy, argues expert Marc Halley, MBA, because physician-hospital alignment is here to stay. Here's advice on picking the right partner.
Healthcare reform has passed, and many provisions are being implemented. But future milestones in the legislation are still very much up in the air. So what should you be doing now? And what will happen to the reform after the November elections? Two MGMA experts offer some guidance.
In his MGMA session “Managing Physician Relations for Retention,” Kenneth T. Hertz outlines the importance of maintaining good physician relations for running a productive practice, retaining physicians, and recruiting new doctors, and what the administrator's role is in facillitating physician communication and satisfaction.
Panelists from the "Perspectives on Healthcare Reform" general session at MGMA 2010 discuss their concerns about the Affordable Care Act, accountable care organizations, and the Medicare sustained growth rate (SGR) formula.
Everywhere you turn, there seems to be another EHR vendor offering you the perfect solution to your practice's problems. But how do you shop for the right product with so many options promising everything under the sun?
What do we want from our leaders and on what criteria do we judge strong leadership?
These are the questions Malcolm Gladwell explored in the opening session of the MGMA 2010 annual conference Sunday night.
Doctors don't always get along with each other. Some might avoid contact with other physicians, or speak negatively about a colleague in front of a patient. This kind of behavior can directly compromise patient care.