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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...

Practice Makes Perfect: Making sense of the dollars and cents to help patients

Practice Makes Perfect: Making sense of the dollars and cents to help patients

By Laura Palmer  |  November 17, 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. 10 on that list: understanding the total cost of an episode of...

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...

MGMA sorting through applications for new CEO

MGMA sorting through applications for new CEO

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 30, 2014

Jerard Jensen, the Medical Group Management Association's attorney, has had to play a more visible role at the MGMA's 88th annual conference in Las Vegas as the organization's interim CEO.

Medicare's quality programs prove to be a hurdle, doc practices say

Medicare's quality programs prove to be a hurdle, doc practices say

By Andis Robeznieks  |  October 28, 2014

An overwhelming majority of medical practices say they are already participating in internal quality-improvement processes, according to a Medical Group Management Association survey, but an even higher number said they do not believe participating in Medicare physician quality-improvement programs...

Heavyweights lead charge for more time on EHR meaningful use

By Joseph Conn  |  September 16, 2014

A host of heavyweight healthcare organizations is calling for HHS to back off of the requirement to meet meaningful-use criteria for all of 2015 for the federally funded electronic health-record incentive payment program, insisting that the future of the program is at stake.

MGMA names Jerard Jensen interim CEO

MGMA names Jerard Jensen interim CEO

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 22, 2014

Jerard Jensen, a healthcare attorney in the Madison, Wis., office of Milwaukee-based Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, will take over as interim CEO of the Medical Group Management Association when the organization's current leader, Dr. Susan Turney, starts her new position as CEO of the newly formed...

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