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ELLIS M. “MAC” KNIGHT, MD

Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer

Education/Memberships/Credentials

Stanford University

Bachelor of Arts, Human Biology

Stanford, CA

University of Oregon Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine

Portland, OR

University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Amherst, MA

Certifications

Fellow of the American College of Physicians

Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives

Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Fellow in Hospital Medicine

Professional Membership

Healthcare Financial Management Association

Society of Hospital Medicine

American College of Physicians

American College of Physician Executives

American Medical Association

South Carolina Medical Association

Columbia Medical Society

 

Mac Knight has over 40 years of experience in the healthcare arena, as a practicing physician, physician executive, healthcare consultant, expert witness and industry thought leader. He has practiced and held leadership positions in community and academic settings and is familiar with the operation of hospitals in both rural and urban settings. He is frequently asked to speak at national meetings and has authored or co-authored multiple books and articles on a variety of healthcare-related topics.

Dr. Knight graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology and received his doctor-of-medicine degree, cum laude, from the University of Oregon Health Science Center’s School of Medicine. He earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has achieved fellowship status in the American College of Physicians, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Knight has a particular interest in value-based care process design, cost accounting, clinical integration, and physician/clinician leadership skill development. His special passion is pushing for change in the healthcare system that results in higher value (quality per unit of cost) for patients in these extremely challenging times.

Experience

  • Oversees Coker Group’s ValuePath services, which are designed to smooth the transition for healthcare organizations from a volume to a value business model.
  • Oversees Coker’s Revenue and Quality Integrity (RQI) services, which offer expert services around coding, compliance, and clinical documentation to healthcare organizations of all types.
  • Provides expert witness services to defense attorneys around malpractice claims against hospitals or physicians.
  • Serves as Coker’s chief medical officer and works on a variety of projects where his clinical background and knowledge of clinical operations can bring additional value to the client.
  • Possesses particular expertise in population health management, clinical care process design, cost accounting, clinical integration, and clinical documentation/coding improvement.
  • Familiar with the management and operations of rural hospitals, community hospitals, public hospitals, large health systems (to include academic medical centers), and physician practices of all types and specialties.