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.

Five Hot Topics to Consider While Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is a business imperative, yet, when the method does not change over time, the strategic planning process can begin to feel stale. Many organizations struggle with the same people discussing identical topics, year after year. Meanwhile, the healthcare industry environment is undergoing rapid transformation, so limiting discussions only to those always addressed […]

By |January 22nd, 2019|

Is Your EHR Company Holding Your Patient Data Hostage?

Are you ready to change to a new EHR system for your medical practice? At some point, you may want or need to make that switch. Whatever your reason for moving to a new system, you have a legal obligation to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your complete patient data for seven […]

By |October 18th, 2018|

HCC and RAF Management: The Key to Success in Value-Based Contracts

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC), a risk adjustment model that has been around for years, has attained heightened visibility since Medicare Advantage Plans began to require Risk Adjustment Factor (RAF) scores for reimbursement. Understanding how to manage your organizations RAF scores accurately can be your key to success for performance in value-based contracts.

The RAF score […]

By |October 18th, 2018|

Pursuing Patient Access: Explore Strategies to Maximize Value for Patients, Providers, and Health Systems

Patient access is a complex issue that plagues provider groups of all types, many of which acknowledge opportunities for improvement but are not sure how best to address it. Patients want to access the care they need promptly, but managing patient access is more multifaceted than provider availability alone. Throwing resources at the problem […]

By |October 3rd, 2018|

Revenue Cycle: The Devil is in the Details

Whether reviewing a hospital or employed physician network, the devil is in the details when examining the health of the Revenue Cycle (RC) ecosystem. Sometimes figures and reports don’t tell the entire story. What may appear as a sound measurement of days in accounts receivable (e.g., 30 days) can actually mask systemic problems in […]

By |September 7th, 2018|

Managing Financial Risk Through a Value-Based Clinical Care Delivery System

In days past, hospitals, healthcare systems, and their medical staffs could afford to exist in separate but parallel tracks, intersecting only when necessary to deliver clinical care. As value-based reimbursements, especially those involving both upside and downside risk, become more standard, and providers realize that risk is shifting onto them, they must learn how […]

By |August 30th, 2018|

The Dangers of an Unstable IT Infrastructure

Do you ever wonder how the same software can perform exceptionally at one location and create chaos at another? Does your vendor ever claim that no one else is having the same technical problems like yours? Do you feel frustrated when the software vendor, the hardware vendor, and the support vendor start pointing fingers […]

By |August 29th, 2018|

Making the Most of Your MACRA Reporting

By now, most MACRA participants have reported their data for 2017 and are gearing up to do so in 2018. Coker Group has a team of experts who can help you with this task. We can ensure that your MACRA reporting process is an effective part of your overall plan to succeed under MACRA […]

By |August 28th, 2018|

Sourcing Candidates: How to Identify Qualified Leaders

“Sourcing” refers to finding job candidates through the use of recruiting techniques. The critical step of discovering candidates is performed by either an internal recruiter, agency, or designated sourcing professional. Sourcing candidates to identify talented individuals for your organization should be one of the highest priorities for your Human Resources/Talent Acquisition function.

Why is sourcing […]

By |August 27th, 2018|

EHR-to-EHR Conversions: There’s a Lot to Know!

So you’ve outgrown your Electronic Health Records (EHR) system, or your software vendor can no longer keep up with quality requirements, or worse, your healthcare organization is merging with a larger system. An EHR-to-EHR conversion may be in your future for a variety of reasons. In any case, EHR conversions are becoming commonplace with […]

By |August 24th, 2018|