Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Are Hospitals Ready for Expanded Coverage?

The answer is "yes," according to Dr. William Jessee, President and CEO of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). In an article in Modern Physician, Dr. Jessee supports the initiative to expand healthcare coverage but wonders whether or not the current payment structure and medical workforce is ready to take on the greater patient load.

Dr. Jessee recognizes that work needs to be done in order to provide high-quality, safe care for what will become an increased patient population. However, he believes that facilities will be able to figure out ways to eliminate administrative waste and increase efficiencies in their own settings.

Dr. Jessee's message is a call to all of us to act now and be a part of healthcare reform. Prepare your facility now by exploring more efficient ways to perform the work that you are currently doing. Determine if your facility has a plan to ensure that it has the workforce to handle greater patient intake.

Source: Modern Physician
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