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MGMA CEO Fischer-Wright on SGR repeal, ICD-10 and the impact of mergers

MGMA CEO Fischer-Wright on SGR repeal, ICD-10 and the impact of mergers

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, president and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association, discusses legislation repealing the sustainable growth-rate formula for physician payment, physician group readiness for ICD-10, and the effect of mergers and acquisitions among medical practices.

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

Practice Makes Perfect: Improve outcomes by engaging patients using AIDET

By Robert Neuman  |  April 17, 2015

In June 2014, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we'll tackle No. 12 on that list: Engaging patients to improve outcomes.

ONC outlines plans to curb EHR 'blocking'

By Darius Tahir  |  April 11, 2015

A government report released last week slammed providers and health information technology vendors for a pattern of business practices that are effectively blocking the easy transfer of electronic health records.

SGR fix bill also streamlines quality reporting

By Darius Tahir  |  March 28, 2015

The long-awaited sustainable growth-rate fix that passed the House last Thursday and will go to the Senate in mid-April will likely, in addition to instituting a permanent fix for the SGR, simplify quality reporting requirements for providers.

Practice Makes Perfect: Knowledge is power in payer negotiations

Practice Makes Perfect: Knowledge is power in payer negotiations

By Joan Hablutzel  |  February 13, 2015

Administrators and medical practice staff are knowledgeable about writing, analyzing and negotiating contracts with payers. While it's much a part of practice operations, there are still new strategies to employ when negotiating with a payer—or renegotiating with an existing payer—that...

GAO report boosts confidence about CMS' ICD-10 preparations

By Joseph Conn  |  February 06, 2015

The CMS would seem to be adequately preparing to implement ICD-10 by its Oct. 1 deadline, said Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Friday in a joint statement. They based that outlook on commentary in a new Government Accountability Office report delivered to Congress.

Groups meet to create 'virtual clipboard' for intake

By Joseph Conn  |  December 13, 2014

Everyone knows the drill of going to the doctor's office or hospital, being handed a clipboard and writing answers to a list of questions about your identity, health status and insurance. Now there's a multistakeholder initiative to automate that process.

Practice Makes Perfect: Planning for possible cuts to Medicare reimbursement

Practice Makes Perfect: Planning for possible cuts to Medicare reimbursement

By Jeffrey B. Milburn  |  December 04, 2014

In June, the Medical Group Management Association released the results of a questionnaire that ranked members' most pressing practice management challenges. In this edition of “Practice Makes Perfect,” we will tackle No. 5 on that list: Managing finances with the uncertainty of Medicare...

Wisconsin hospice cares for pets of patients

Wisconsin hospice cares for pets of patients

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 08, 2014

Mercy Home Health and Hospice Care takes patient family engagement to a new level. Since December 2012, hospice staff and a team of volunteers have eased patients' concerns through the Pet Peace of Mind program, which provides free pet-care services for patients unable to look after their household...

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