Changing Reimbursement Models

It’s probably an unintended consequence—and not a positive one at that—but government programs have helped make dealing with rising operational costs less of a concern for medical practice managers, according to the fourth-annual survey by the Medical Group Management Association on managers’ top daily professional challenges.

Rising operational costs were listed as the top challenge in 2009 and 2010, but in this year’s survey of 1,190 practice managers, they came in third behind “preparing for reimbursement models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice” and participating in the CMS electronic health-record meaningful-use incentive program. Continue reading