Professionals, who recognize the limitations of traditional
payer-provider-employer interactions, are redefining their relationships
and breaking down silos that have historically prevented collaboration
to improve patient care and reduce costs. Group practice professionals
on the cutting edge of this change are exploring direct relationships
with employers and negotiating differently, said payer, provider and
employer representatives during a
panel at the MGMA 2013 Financial Management and Payer Contracting
Conference (FMPC) in Phoenix last month.
Involving patients in their care in new and dynamic ways is a cornerstone of evolving healthcare delivery methods and has been shown to improve outcomes. The initiative includes integrating patient communication and education into healthcare technology, such as using the EHR as a teaching tool during appointments, as well as finding new ways to enhance the way patients and providers interact. Here are some of the Association’s patient-centered resources to help medical group professionals lead in this area.
There are steps you can take as the practice administrator to help physicians understand that their actions contribute to the revenue cycle in ways they may not be aware of, Says Sarah Holt, PhD, FACMPE, practice administrator, Cape Girardeau Surgical Clinic Inc., Cape Girardeau, Mo. Holt outlines three things doctors need to know to increase revenue.
The future will likely include fewer medical groups that are more technologically savvy, says Jeff Bauer, PhD, health futurist and medical economist, who participated in the Gateway EDI panel discussion “Leading Your Organization through the Next Decade: The Role of Information Technology and Collaboration” panel at the MGMA 2012 Annual Conference.
Recognizing that healthcare is a serious business and that professionals must follow strict guidelines set by the government and payers, there are opportunities to infuse more energy and fun into your work; to reshape the industry and encourage more patient engagement.