Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE biography

After a year-long national search, the Boards of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) have selected Susan Turney, MD, MS, FACP, FACMPE, as their new president and CEO. She will assume her responsibilities in October 2011 following the retirement of William F. Jessee, MD, FACMPE, in September.

Turney served as the 2005-06 MGMA Board chair as well as in other Board and committee positions and has been an ACMPE Fellow since 2005.

Turney has served as the CEO and executive vice president of the Wisconsin Medical Society since 2004. Through focused strategic planning and efficient restructuring, she led a turnaround effort to help position the Society to be relevant for physicians in any practice environment. Prior to her tenure at Wisconsin Medical Society, Turney served as the medical director for patient financial services at Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic. There she also practiced internal medicine, participated in student and resident education and served in leadership roles for 22 years.

Through Turney’s leadership, the Wisconsin Medical Society was a founder of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN), created to improve individual and community health, promote patient-centered healthcare, and advance the use of information technology to improve health care quality and efficiency. Turney also served as the WISHIN chair. Also through Turney’s leadership, the Society was a co-founder of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization. While serving on its board, she helped spearhead the vision, strategy and execution of initiatives to optimize healthcare delivery and to help ensure accessible, efficient, patient-centered quality care for Wisconsin citizens.

Turney has served on state and national health care committees, including committees of the National Quality Forum and the American Medical Association, and fulfilled many other appointments from the Wisconsin governor and the secretary of the U.S. Health and Human Services. Turney holds a medical degree and a master’s of science degree in administrative medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. She served her internal medicine residency at Marshfield Clinic/St. Joseph’s Hospital.

MGMA is the premier membership association for professional administrators and leaders of medical group practices with 21,500 members who lead 13,700 organizations nationwide in which some 275,000 physicians provide more than 40 percent of the health care services delivered in the United States. ACMPE is the standard-setting and certification body of the MGMA, both of which are headquartered in Englewood, Colo. MGMA also maintains a government affairs office in Washington.

Professional experience
Wisconsin Medical Society, Madison, August 2004 to present 
    Chief executive officer and executive vice president 
    Director and secretary of the board, Wisconsin Medical Society Holdings Corporation 
    Director and secretary of the board, Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation

Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wis. 
    Medical director of patient financial services, January 1995 to August 2004 
    Clinical practice of medicine (including department chairman and transitional residency program director) September 1982 to
    August 2004

Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic/ St. Joseph’s Hospital 
    Internal Medicine residency, June 1979 to June 1982 
    Chief resident January 1982 to June 1982
University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health 
    Medical degree, June 1979 
    Master’s of science degree in administrative medicine, June 1999
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 1971-1973; Northland College, Ashland, Wis., 1973-1975 
    Bachelor of arts degree in chemistry/biology

Certification and licensure
Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1992
Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, 1982
Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, 2005

Key achievements 

  • Served as chair of the Wisconsin Statewide Health Information Network (WISHIN), of which the Society is a founder. Implementing ONC grant to improve individual and community health, promote patient-centered health care and develop and promote use of information technology.
  • Served on the Board of the Wisconsin Health Information Organization (WHIO), of which the Society is a co-founder. Using health care data to improve the quality, affordability, safety and efficiency of Wisconsin health care.
  • Developed the Center for Medical Practice Research and Education. Received external funding to study cost variance to develop cost-sensitive best practices by using WHIO data.
  • Served on National Quality Forum committees for creating performance measurement framework and patient safety public reporting standards.
  • Served on the American Health Information Management Association committee to advise the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on how HIT can address health care fraud issues.
  • Served on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid physician committees, including an appointment from Dr. Louis Sullivan, secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Appointed by Wisconsin Governor to several healthcare information technology, quality and patient safety boards, committees and workgroups for the State of Wisconsin.
  • Advocacy experience
      • Worked with Wisconsin Payment Reform Initiative to develop process to implement payment reform pilots in group practice
      • Engaged in state and federal health system reform debate by developing plan to influence transparency, medical liability, administrative simplification and physician workforce
      • Influenced financial and clinical data policy decisions of state and federal legislators and regulatory agencies through sharing of aggregated clinical and financial data.


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