Medical Practice Expert Joins Medscape Advisory Board

New Medscape Business of Medicine Advisory Board Member

Medscape is pleased to announce that Deborah Walker Keegan, PhD, has joined the Editorial Advisory Board of Medscape Business of Medicine.

Deborah Walker Keegan, PhD

Dr. Keegan is President of Medical Practice Dimensions, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in healthcare and organizational development. She works with hospitals, integrated delivery systems, private medical practices, and academic institutions and is also in demand as a consultant and speaker for professional societies and leading vendors in the healthcare market.

Dr. Keegan has authored or coauthored 5 books about healthcare that have received wide acclaim: Rightsizing: Appropriate Staffing for Your Medical Practice; The Physician Billing Process: 12 Potholes to Avoid in the Road to Getting Paid (first and second editions); Physician Compensation Plans: State-of-the-Art Strategies; and her most recent book, Innovative Staffing for the Medical Practice, which has just been published.

"We are in the midst of an unprecedented era of healthcare reform," says Keegan. "Physicians, hospitals, and payers are aligning, with markets changing at a rapid pace. My focus is to ensure that physicians understand the impact of the healthcare reform agenda on their medical practice and to help them take action to align their practice for future success.

"This includes preparing for payment reform and changing reimbursement methods; understanding new structural options to align for accountable care; and revising patient flow processes to enhance patient access, virtual medicine and demonstrate value," she says. "It's important for medical practices to take action to prepare for the future now."

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