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Ask MGMA: Understanding Physician Compensation and CMS Policy Changes

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In this episode of the Ask MGMA Podcast, Cristy Good joins Daniel Williams to discuss physician compensation methodology and the impact of CMS conversion factor adjustments. They explore challenges medical practices face due to lower reimbursement rates and how practices can address these challenges. Resources for monitoring policy changes and planning compensation are also shared.

Key Points:
- CMS conversion factor adjustments impact physician reimbursement rates
- Lower reimbursement can decrease revenue and physician satisfaction  
- Practices should update fee schedules, explore value-based models, and diversify revenue
- MGMA's variance calculator analyzes impact of CPT code reimbursement changes
- Include physicians in compensation discussions and planning
- Physician Fee Schedule

Music: 
"Street Walk" by Paolo Pavan courtesy of Free Music Archive, CC BY-NC-SA"

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Let us know if there's a topic you want us to cover or an expert you would like us to interview. Email us at dwilliams@mgma.com. If you have a question for our Sr Advisor Cristy Good, email advisor@mgma.com.

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Ask MGMA: Understanding Physician Compensation and CMS Policy Changes
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