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.

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|

Provider Compensation in Rural Markets: Top 5 Lessons Learned

By Jon Morris, Manager | Coker Group

Over the past four years, I have worked with over a dozen provider compensation design and strategy projects for hospitals in rural markets. The smallest of these hospitals had one employed provider and the largest employed 50 providers. I learned many lessons through these engagements, but five primary […]

By |August 23rd, 2018|

Enhance Your Executive Compensation Model to Improve Retention and Recruitment

As the competition for experienced healthcare executives increases, the proper executive compensation model can help retain and recruit leaders. Though this statement may seem like common sense, you may be unsure of where to begin in assessing your organization’s plans, especially in contrast to others.

A strategic approach to executive compensation will help ensure the […]

By |August 21st, 2018|

3 Critical Elements for Building an Effective Human Firewall

As required by section 13402(e)(4) of the HITECH Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) must post a list of breaches of unsecured protected health information (PHI) affecting 500 or more individuals. What can you do to protect your organization’s PHI? How can you ramp up your […]

By |August 20th, 2018|