Coker Connection
March 2017
Smoothing the Rough Spots in Patient Flow in Outpatient Practices
by Jeff Gorke | Senior Vice President at Coker Group  
Every work day in the medical practice is subject to rough spots in patient flow. Some days go smoothly, while others find patients waiting excessively to see the provider. Is the issue a matter of patient scheduling, or is it lack of support for the clinical staff? What are the pitfalls that a practice may face in delays in access? What is the secret to managing patient flow? This article presents ways to apply some basic business concepts to improve clinical workflow through a critical analysis of obstacles in moving patients smoothly through their office visit. It also uses some aspects of best practices in physician practices to ensure timely patient access to enhance patient satisfaction.

MACRA's Medicare Part B Payments Under MIPS
by Daniel Kiehl, J.D., Ll.M. | Associate Consultant  at  Coker Group
As many providers are now aware, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) dictates the amount of Medicare Part B payments providers will receive, with the measuring period beginning in 2017 and the first payment adjustments occurring in 2019. Revolutionizing the way CMS compensates physicians and other providers under Medicare Part B, MACRA consolidates multiple quality reporting programs into the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and also provides incentives for participation in Alternative Payment Models (APMs).

Coker ValuePath Webinar Series
Learn how to successfully navigate the path to value with Coker Group's webinar series. Senior executives from Coker will present on the components related to the shift from volume to value. This series will be multiple hour-long webinar sessions, taking place every other Wednesday from 2:00-3:00pm ET. The 6 session series began January 18 and will end March 29. Presenters will introduce the topic, and address the issues and challenges related to the topic. The presenters will also answer previously submitted questions. To ensure these sessions are beneficial and applicable to your organization, we invite you to submit your questions  here. For more information on the dates and topics, click  here.  
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Below you will find a list highlighting some of
our current searches. If you are interested in
more information about any of these positions, please contact us today.
Coker Group, a global healthcare consulting and financial services firm that provides operational and financial solutions to healthcare organizations throughout the US and abroad, seeks well-qualified candidates for these positions:
  • Assistant Vice President and Director of Human Resources, Samford University, Birmingham, AL 
  • Division VP Finance Physician Enterprise, CHI Health, Omaha, NE
  • Vice President of Divisional Finance, CHI Health, Omaha, NE 
  • Director of Operations, North Atlanta Surgical Associates (NASA), Atlanta, GA
  • Director of Supply Chain Management - DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Chief Executive Officer, OrthoVirginia, Richmond, VA 
  • Chief Medical Officer, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Alamogordo, NM
  • Chief Executive Officer,  Northwest Surgical Specialists, Eugene, OR
  • Assistant Vice President- Patient Care Services, Cardio Vascular Services, DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Executive Director of Facilities and Campus Operations, Springhill Medical Center, Mobile, AL
  • Vice President for HIT Consulting Services, Coker Group, Alpharetta, GA
Candidates interested in learning more about these opportunities should forward a resume to:
Charles L. Nagle, President
Nagle & Associates
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Date: Thursday, Mar. 16
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT

Speakers: Jeff Gorke, SVP 

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