The Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo., unveiled a
new online simulator for medical-practice executives that reportedly compresses three years' worth of administrative experience in a 12-doctor
primary-care practice into a five-week, Web-based training experience.
The simulator, created in partnership with Regis University in Denver, uses responsive-modeling computer technology
based on historical data from MGMA survey reports and is similar to the
kind of hands-on training with computer-based simulation now being used
by many hospitals.
It focuses on everything from financial scenarios to employee morale and
productivity, among other areas, according to William Jessee, president and chief executive officer of the MGMA. The Web-based training, Jessee said with
a smile, allows medical group practice administrators to "crash and
burn without getting fired" and creates a situation where employees can
"get things done without real-life consequences."During the
simulation, participants perform 10 to 15 tasks each week, and receive
immediate updates to help gauge those decisions and their results.
Jessee unveiled the new program during a news briefing at the group's
annual conference in Las Vegas, which has attracted a record of about 6,200
attendees. The tool is available to medical practices without cost at physiciansafetytool.org, but there is a charge of $200 for comparative data and benchmarking reports, officials said.