MGMA In Practice Blog
In a blistering assessment of the challenges facing the United States, Washington Post political columnist and Pulitzer-Prize winner George Will told attendees at the MGMA 2013 Annual Conference
that without significant reforms to entitlement programs and a massive shift in the collective attitude of Americans, healthcare costs will continue to skyrocket.
Sam Silverstein says that oftentimes in our organizations, “We see
accountability as being punitive — as being a consequence for doing
something wrong.” However, Silverstein, entrepreneur, business expert
and author of No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth
, believes this isn’t the best approach.
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.
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