Jessee starts count­down

Re­tir­ing MGMA CEO touts or­ga­ni­za­tion’s growth

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Jes­sica Zig­mond

William Jessee, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Med­i­cal Group Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, said he had an easy an­swer as to why the fall of 2011 seems like the right time to re­tire from the po­si­tion he has held since 1999. On Sept. 25 next year, Jessee will turn 65, and—as he noted—be­come a Medi­care re­cip­i­ent.

Last week, Jessee an­nounced his de­ci­sion to step down as leader of the En­gle­wood, Colo.-based as­so­ci­a­tion that rep­re­sents 21,500 physi­cians and ad­min­is­tra­tors who run med­i­cal group prac­tices. That mem­ber­ship num­ber is about 26% higher than it was in 2000, the year af­ter Jessee took over as the as­so­ci­a­tion’s chief. And the siz­able in­crease is some­thing Jessee con­sid­ers to be one of his most sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions dur­ing his ten­ure.

“We’re big­ger,” Jessee said. “We cer­tainly have a higher pro­file in terms of pub­lic pol­icy; our Wash­ing­ton of­fice has done a good job rais­ing the pro­file,” he added. “The in­dus­try we serve has un­der­gone a lot of changes. There has been a huge amount of con­sol­i­da­tion of prac­tices, and some have been ac­quired by hos­pi­tals,” he said, adding later that “the time of one­sies and twosies is over.”

As mem­ber­ship for the MGMA— and its cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body, the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Med­i­cal Prac­tice Ex­ec­u­tives—has in­creased con­sid­er­ably, so has its bot­tom line. The or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ported to­tal rev­enue of $26.8 mil­lion for 2008, a slight in­crease from the $26.5 mil­lion it re­ported in the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the MGMA’s 2008 In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice Form 990. In 1999, the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s to­tal rev­enue was $22.1 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the MGMA.

Back then, the group rep­re­sented about 20,000 mem­bers, but this was about the time the group tran­si­tioned from or­ga­ni­za­tional to in­di­vid­ual mem­ber­ship, ac­cord­ing to MGMA spokes­woman Liz John­son. The fol­low­ing year, the group un­der­went a com­plete data­base over­haul and cleaned the data­base of about 3,000 mem­bers who were not ac­counted for prop­erly. In 2000, the MGMA rep­re­sented 17,000 mem­bers, which the group said is a more ac­cu­rate fig­ure.

For­rest “Dean” Dan­ner, who be­gan his oneyear term as MGMA board chair­man last Oc­to­ber, said the MGMA had fi­nan­cial prob­lems when Jessee be­gan his role. “We were not see­ing our mem­ber­ship grow­ing,” Dan­ner added. “He im­me­di­ately put in a pro­gram of growth and de­vel­op­ment,” which Dan­ner said “turned the or­ga­ni­za­tion around in two to three years.”

Jessee says 2009 was the great­est chal­lenge he faced.

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