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Tracy Bird, FACMPE, CPC, CPMA, CEMC, CPC-1

The best tip I can give someone is to learn everything.

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Why did you decide to get involved with MGMA?  

In 1992 we had re-located back to our home community and I went to work for a practice management consulting firm. Several of the staff were certified and active with either our local, state, or national chapters, so it was a natural evolution for me to get involved. 

What do you find most rewarding about volunteering for MGMA? 

The most valuable aspect of volunteering is establishing relationships with peers. Having a circle of friends with vast and varied backgrounds in practice management expands your resources. Whenever I encounter an issue, I need to know more about, there is always someone with that expertise that I can reach out to for help. 

How did you decide that practice management was the career for you?  

My decision to make practice management a career happened in 1976. I was newly married and re-located to the college community where I got my degree so my husband could finish his degree. I went to work in a pediatric office at the front desk and was hooked. From there I grew to manage practices and spent 25 years at a consulting firm before opening my own 5 years ago. 

What is the best tip you give to people who are just starting a career in practice management?  

The best tip I can give someone is to learn everything there is to know about practice management. The more you are exposed to the more you learn. Read the literature to follow the latest trends in the industry. Get connected with local, state, and national MGMA. 

What is your favorite book or website or resource for practice managers?  

My favorite resource for practice management is the MGMA website. There is so much information about the industry available in blogs, articles, podcasts, books, and other contributions from peers like checklists, policies, procedures etc. I can always find a resource to help with whatever issue I am working on.  

How do you relax after a busy work week?   

After a busy work week my favorite place is in my flower gardens. I love growing cutting flowers. I also love spending time with my children and grandchildren. About one time a year we can all get together and this summer it was at the Lake of the Ozarks for a great family get together. 

What is your top tip for maintaining work/life balance? 

A top tip for maintaining work/life balance is time management. I find it most important to have a quiet peaceful time in the morning before the day gets going. I read a devotional every day to express thankfulness and gratitude. Whatever that is for you, some quiet time is necessary to become centered for the day. 

 
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