Transforming healthcare: August 2019 News Article - August 8, 2019 Sign in to save MGMA Staff Members Summer may have seemed longer than ever for those watching and waiting for the proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule — just ask the MGMA Government Affairs team. Thankfully, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) did release the proposed 2020 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) at the end of July, which proposes changes to both Medicare physician payment and quality reporting program policies. The final rule is expected to be published in early November. Download the member-exclusive analysis If you missed the Aug. 7 member-exclusive webinar ("MGMA Regulatory and Payment Outlook") explaining the proposed changes, you can access it on demand. Members who have questions regarding any of these policies should contact MGMA Government Affairs staff at 202-293-3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Getting down to business We heard from many MGMA members who said they want resources on evaluating the potential addition of a new provider or service line. To that end, you can now access the Medical Practice Pro Formula Template, our latest member-benefit tool. The format of a pro forma financial statement is similar if not exactly like your monthly or annual financial statements that record financial activity in your practice. The difference is that a pro forma statement looks to the future; whereas, your monthly or annual financial statements record historical data. The steps to creating a pro forma can be both linear and circular. As you follow the steps below and gather more information, you may have to circle back to your original assumptions and modify them as needed. To help you navigate the template, there's a new article by Laurie M. East, CPA, MBA, FACMPE, to walk you through the elements: information gathering, developing assumptions about volume, revenue and expenses, physician compensation and more. In case you missed it Been busy all summer long? It's okay if you missed out on some of our earlier member-benefit resources — and we now have more ways to access them. Missed out on the July member-exclusive webinar on clinically integrated network success? Access it on demand or read key takeaways just for MGMA members. Gain member-exclusive insights about the role of real-time data in building a community oncology medical home. CMS has released guidanced related to the Approprirate Use Criteria (AUC) program that will begin Jan. 1, 2020. July also saw the release of a new MGMA Research & Analysis report, Optimization of Healthcare Technology to Improve Patient Engagement: Action Steps and Best Practices. While the full report is exclusive to MGMA DataDive users, this member-benefit article outlines key takeaways about patient portal implementation and patient check-in technology. Ready for #MGMA19AC? If you plan on joining us for MGMA19 | The Annual Conference, Oct. 13-16 in New Orleans, the deadline for early-bird savings is Aug. 20. Already registered? Be sure to check out The Fuse, the Annual Conference blog, to learn about what to expect at this year's event. Still deciding? We have a growing collection of articles and podcasts highlighting this year's can't-miss speakers and sessions, including: An MGMA Insights podcast on the opioid crisis, leadership and expert witness work An ACMPE Fellow discussing how to create and sustain patient experience success An MGMA Insider podcast with insight from MGMA Government Affairs' own Robert M. Tennant, MA, director for health IT policy An insights article about how to use real-time location services within a medical practice An MGMA podcast and article featuring Owen Dahl, MBA, LFACHE, CHBC, LSSMBB, on successful practice transitions and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma. Know you can't be there in-person? MGMA19 | Live will stream three general and nine featured sessions, as well as three exclusive online sessions, live from The Annual Conference, Oct. 13-15. Odds and ends HealthLeaders Media takes a look at the most-recent MGMA DataDive Provider Compensation data. MGMA Connection magazine was recently honored by the APEX Awards for Publication Excellence with an Award of Excellence for the January 2019 issue in the category for print magazines, journals and tabloids, 32 pages or more. Be on the lookout for the September 2019 issue online around Sept. 1, with print copies arriving in mailboxes around the second week of September, as well as on site in New Orleans for MGMA19 | The Annual Conference.