In­no­va­tion, value on agenda as MGMA dis­cusses med­i­cal prac­tice evo­lu­tion

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Beth Kutscher

As healthcare tech­nol­ogy and care-co­or­di­na­tion de­mands con­tinue to weigh on in­de­pen­dent physi­cians, med­i­cal group lead­ers will gather in Nashville this week to en­vi­sion the med­i­cal prac­tice of the fu­ture.

This year’s an­nual meet­ing of the Med­i­cal Group Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion will fo­cus heav­ily on in­no­va­tion, par­tic­u­larly as the in­dus­try tran­si­tions to value-based pay­ment mod­els, said Dr. Halee Fis­cher-Wright, the group’s pres­i­dent and CEO.

“I think what is con­crete now is that what we’re do­ing is not work­ing,” she said. “We’re all look­ing for ways to ac­com­plish the goals of the Triple Aim” of a bet­ter pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence, im­proved pop­u­la­tion health and lower per capita cost.

Dr. Atul Gawande, au­thor of The Check­list Man­i­festo, which fo­cuses on process im­prove­ment as a way to achieve bet­ter out­comes, is among this year’s key­note speak­ers.

The meet­ing comes as health sys­tems con­tinue to buy up in­de­pen­dent physi­cian prac­tices at a rapid pace. Be­cause the healthcare land­scape has changed, the MGMA has added an ed­u­ca­tional track fo­cused on in­te­grated care, which Fis­cher-Wright de­scribed as the true un­der­ly­ing goal of con­sol­i­da­tion. More hos­pi­tal and physi­cian ex­ec­u­tives also have been at­tend­ing the an­nual meet­ing in re­cent years, she noted.

The group ex­pects at­ten­dance this year to top 3,000, re­vers­ing the de­clin­ing at­ten­dance it saw be­tween 2013 and 2014.

“We’re mov­ing into an era where hos­pi­tals are the cost cen­ters and med­i­cal groups are the rev­enue cen­ters,” Fis­cher-Wright said. “I think this con­fer­ence is mark­ing our place as the leader in that tran­si­tion.”

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