Blog

In order to stay abreast of the latest news and trends in this fast changing environment, we decided to start a blog. The Coker Group Report allows our consultants the opportunity to share postings on their thoughts and insights on topics relevant to everyone who is interested in healthcare.

Below is a sample of one of the recent posts.

Comprehensive Executive Search Should Include Leadership Cultural Assessment

An adage in the search world goes something like this: “Candidates are hired for skills and experience but fired for fit.” Seldom do you hear that a leader didn’t work out because they lacked the skills or experience needed to do the job. Rather, you may frequently hear comments like:

“She just didn’t fit […]

By |July 16th, 2018|

MACRA Implementation: Have you Established a Plan to Succeed?

By now, most organizations participating in The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the groundbreaking CMS payment model, have reported their first year of data. They are awaiting their results to see how Medicare provider payments will be adjusted once MACRA fully kicks in, as of January 2018.

The most foresighted organizations, […]

By |July 13th, 2018|

Is Your Talent Pipeline Full, Half Empty, or Totally Dry? Developing Internal and External Talent

As healthcare organizations continue to deal with the increasing speed of change, one constant is the need to create sustainability within the organization. A critical component of stability and ongoing success is the talent level of the organization’s future leaders. It is vital, therefore, to develop a steady pipeline of capable employees to ensure […]

By |July 12th, 2018|

Hospital-Physician Disengagement – Say that Again?

Over the last few decades, conversations relative to alignment between physicians and hospitals have become increasingly more common, with providers seeking new and alternative ways to partner. While the dialogue has shifted from discussions solely about employment (i.e., the 1990s to early 2000s) to more innovative models (common in the most recent decade), the […]

By |July 11th, 2018|

Post-Merger Integration: The Key to Value Creation in Healthcare Transactions

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) is not a new concept for hospitals and other healthcare industry organizations, particularly during the era of hospital-physician alignment. Making M&A transactions work, however, is an entirely different exercise and increasingly challenging in today’s marketplace.

The foundation of this discussion is to first define what we mean by “making a transaction […]

By |July 10th, 2018|

Direct to Employer Contracting Arrangements: A Response to Rising Premiums and Compromised Care

An increasing number of self-insured employers face rising premiums and real, or perceived, cutbacks in quality of care from their health insurance carriers. In response, providers are stepping into the breach and offering direct-to-employer (DTE) contracting for the delivery of healthcare services.

Hospitals, health systems, and clinically integrated networks (CINs) of providers are offering the […]

By |July 9th, 2018|

Increase Operational Efficiency Through Scheduling Options

Optimizing physician schedules improves operational efficiency and provider productivity. Several scheduling strategies are available, as no single option fits all medical groups. The model that is best for your practice will depend on your specialty and other factors. For example, consider these scheduling options:

Cluster Scheduling involves establishing a schedule template for groups of […]

By |July 6th, 2018|

MACRA—What IS it?

Believe it or not, many organizations and individuals still don’t know or aren’t aware of the following facts about MACRA. Do you know that:

MACRA has already begun and the full implementation, including payment adjustments, is set for January of 2019.
MACRA’s quality payment programs (QPPs) are the first of many value-based reimbursement (VBR) […]

By |May 9th, 2018|

Understanding and Negotiating IT Vendor Contracts: Three Tips for Protecting Your Organization

Whether you are reviewing a new IT vendor contract or negotiating new terms and conditions of an existing agreement, there are many key factors to consider. Most customers believe the primary factor in deciding on a vendor is the price, but there are specific provisions to look for to ensure your company is meeting […]

By |April 11th, 2018|

Fair Market Value: Assessing Compensation Arrangements in the Healthcare Industry

Compensation arrangements in the healthcare industry continue to evolve and adapt amid an ever-changing reimbursement landscape. The most notable shift is from a fee-for-service or fee-for-volume model to a version that incorporates elements that recognize quality outcomes, cost efficiency, and patient experience. The evolution from volume to value will also effect changes in the […]

By |April 11th, 2018|