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Ready-to-use slides for your board presentations

Our monthly board documents are designed to help you educate your board on the most pressing issues and trends impacting physician practices. The PowerPoint decks available below include talking points in each notes section, so you can easily insert them into your next presentation to review with your board.

Please note: these materials are provided for use with internal audiences within your organization; any use of these slides outside of your organization must be cleared by the Advisory Board—if you are interested in obtaining this permission, please contact your dedicated advisor.

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The Case for Shared Decision Making

April 2018

Patients increasingly want to play a more active role in their health care decisions. In fact, over 80% of patients believe it is highly important for their physician to always involve them in decisions about their treatment. With consumerism giving patients more choice in provider than ever before, it is critical that medical groups deliver on this growing demand for shared decision making. Review these slides with the physicians in your practice to help them understand why shared decision making is important and demonstrate some Advisory Board shared decision making tools they can use in their patient visits.

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Why Physicians Should Talk to Patients About Cost

Talk about Cost

January 2018

As deductibles rise, patients are asking more questions about the cost of treatment. Many physicians believe talking to patients about cost will strain the doctor-patient relationship, but 80% of patients think physicians should discuss treatment costs with them in advance. Review these slides with the physicians in your practice to help them understand their role in financial conversations with patients, and how talking about cost can ultimately support improved patient outcomes.

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Pulse Check on Price Sensitivity

pulse check on price sensitivity

November 2015

Understand the trend of price sensitivity in health care, including what's happening with each major player—patients, payers, employers, etc.—and what all of this means for us.

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How Consumers Select Primary Care and Specialist Physicians

How Consumers Select Primary Care and Specialist Physicians

June 2015

Explore data from two recent national consumer surveys the Advisory Board conducted to provide visibility into the characteristics patients seek from both primary care physicians and specialists.

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2019 Medicare Physician Payment Update

December 2018

Learn six payment changes independent physician groups need to know about for 2019 including: changes to E/M documentation and payment, telehealth expansion, site-neutral payment rates, and the outlook for ASCs.

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Unpacking Medicare's Chronic Care Management Codes

August 2018

Explore the benefits and challenges associated with billing for Medicare’s Chronic Care Management codes.

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What Outpatient Shift Might Mean for Your Business

June 2018

We are seeing an uptick in services shifting to outpatient settings. This can be both good and bad news for your medical group’s bottom line. Use these slides to learn which services are at the greatest risk and what market factors impact this shift so your board can appropriately respond to this trend.

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Telehealth Update

Telehealth update

March 2018

Telehealth is on the list of organizational priorities for many medical groups given its potential to deliver faster, less expensive, and more convenient care. However, an uncertain reimbursement outlook has made it difficult for many groups to know which telehealth services to prioritize. Use these slides to review the outlook for telehealth reimbursement in Medicare and to prompt discussion on how to focus your investments in telehealth to support group strategy.

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Highlights from the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule

Talk about Cost

February 2018

Get the latest details on the 2018 Medicare physician payment update including an overview of payment cuts and increases, changes to the rollout of CDS and the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, and new billing opportunities in telehealth.

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MACRA: A 2018 Update on Provider Payment Under the Quality Payment Program

December 2017

Learn the top four changes to the Quality Payment Program of MACRA your group needs to be aware of to set your strategy for the 2018 performance year.

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Understanding CMS’s Site Neutral Payment Provision


September 2016

Understand how this provision came to be, get details on CMS’s finalized plan for implementing this provision in 2017, and learn key implications for independent medical groups.

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Risk Strategy

A Primer on CMS’ Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) Coding

June 2019

Learn why precise HCC coding is crucial for your patients and bottom line, and how to simplify and improve coding across your practice.

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A Primer on Accountable Care Payment Models

February 2019

Use these slides to educate your physicians about the transition to value-based care with a brief review of new payment models including: pay-for-performance, shared risk, bundled payments, and capitation.

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Pulse Check on Medicare Advantage

June 2017

The GOP has indicated on several occasions their support for Medicare Advantage and its growth. This commitment is further underscored by the recent release of MA payment rates, which will increase MA revenue by 2.95% in 2018. Help your group understand the current state of the MA market.

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Evaluating Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Participation

Evaluating Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Participation

April 2017

With MSSP application deadlines for 2018 quickly approaching, these slides help groups evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of participating in each of the four tracks within MSSP, particularly for physician-only ACOs.

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CMS’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) Program

Five Provider Categories Created Under MACRA

Updated August 2016

Find out what CPC+ is, how it compares to CMS’s previous Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (CPCI) program, and some of the key implications for independent medical groups seeking to get involved in the model.

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A Primer on CMS's Hierarchical Condition Category (HCC) Coding

3 ways

March 2016

Learn why precise HCC coding is crucial for your patients and your bottom line. Here's how to simplify and improve coding across your practice.

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CMS's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) Model

What's Included in the CJR Bundle

April 2016

Find out where independent medical groups fit into the recently launched Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) mandatory bundled payment program.

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Key Program Attributes of the Next Generation ACO Model

Next-Generation ACO Model

May 2015

Learn about key features of the new risk-based payment program and how it differs from the existing Medicare ACO models.

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Market Strategy

What is burnout, and how do we combat it?


July 2019

Understand the causes of physician burnout and facilitate a discussion on how to remedy them at your group.

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Pulse Check on Group Culture

May 2019

Building a strong, integrated culture is an evergreen priority for physician executives. But it can be hard to talk to group stakeholders about culture when it feels so intangible. Use these slides to distill culture into actionable elements and pinpoint your group’s cultural strengths and opportunities for improvement.

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A Brief Review of Key Health Care Industry Trends From 2018

April 2019

Use these slides to overview trends in the health care landscape and discuss the implications for independent medical groups.

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Evolving Independent Medical Group Governance

October 2018

Learn the six essential elements of a physician group board that serves group-wide interests, focuses on governance rather than management, and efficiently executes its role.

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Unlock More Value from Your Advanced Practice Providers

September 2018

Learn the four components of a scalable, high-value APP model and assess how effectively your group uses APPs.

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Mastering Physician Recruitment in an Increasingly Competitive Market

July 2018

Discuss the current market for physician recruitment and how your group can bolster its recruiting strategy to better attract top talent.

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Overview of the Strategic Capital Partnerships Landscape: Private Equity Firms and National Practice Companies

October 2017

Practice aggregation in the independent medical group market is on the rise. Use these slides to review the strategic partnership landscape with your board and discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of partnering with a private equity firm or national practice company.

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How to Use the Slides in Your Presentations

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