I started my work as the new president and CEO of Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives about a week ago. What better way to hit the ground running than by attending MGMA's annual conference in Las Vegas this week. I feel fortunate as I take the helm of the associations to see our members in person in my first weeks of employment.
As I've been connecting with members, I've sensed the pressure they are feeling from the changing healthcare environment. They describe their plates as already full as they are tasked to adopt new information technologies and implement new business processes to accommodate health reform, all the while ensuring that their practices run in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This stress also was present in 2005 when I was the chair of the MGMA board of directors. Then, too, our members faced cuts to Medicare physician payments, but I would have never imagined our members would be facing an almost 30% cut today. Our members look to MGMA and ACMPE to act as a lighthouse amidst all the burdens they must overcome to run an efficient medical practice. We've been diligent about letting them know what they can be doing today to help ensure their practices are as healthy as possible tomorrow. Here are a few of our recommendations: