Medical Group Management Association - Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright

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Company: Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colorado
Entry Submitted By: Berlin Rosen
Company Description: As the leading association for medical practice administrators and healthcare executives, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) works to secure exclusive member benefits, education, resources, news, information, advocacy, and networking opportunities, and produces some of the most credible and robust medical practice economic data and data solutions in the industry.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Maverick of the Year

Nomination Title: Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Group Management Association

Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated woman since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):

Halee Fischer-Wright became the Medical Group Management Association’s CEO in February of 2015 with a fresh vision for the revered 90-year-old nonprofit, which represents the nation’s largest network of more than 33,000 medical group executives and administrators. Under Halee’s leadership, the organization has continued to set the gold standard for industry data and is now set on a course to help lead changes in the shifting healthcare industry. During the first year of her tenure, Halee has made an impressive set of decisions to position the organization to advocate more effectively for medical practice groups across the country.

Last fall, Halee delivered a groundbreaking keynote at her first MGMA annual conference that made waves in the industry. Entitled “Stop Whining, Start Leading,” the speech laid out her vision for how doctors must work to be part of the solution to the problems plaguing healthcare and received extensive press attention. The speech made such an impact that Halee is currently working on her second book reflecting similar themes.

After making her mark through that speech, Halee continued to put those sentiments into action at MGMA over the next year. She spearheaded the development of an innovative new conference hosted by MGMA with the American Medical Association. Entitled “Collaborate in Practice,” the conference was the first of its kind to bring doctors and medical administrators together to discuss in depth how to best work together to increase efficiencies and help their practices thrive. The response to the conference greatly exceeded expectations, and the organizations are hard at work setting up next year’s conference to help further shape productive relationships between physicians and executives.

Halee has also made sure that MGMA is positioned as an innovator in the healthcare technology space. In February of 2016, MGMA announced that it would be adding space in the new Catalyst health tech hub in downtown Denver. Catalyst will bring together a broad variety of voices and perspectives from health insurers to health IT companies to providers. The move will allow MGMA to be a crucial part of the budding healthcare tech community in Denver, and encourage new partnerships and collaborative approaches to its work in this field.

This past year has been a tumultuous one in the world of healthcare, including several important decisions and policy changes from the federal government that will ultimately have a big impact on how we pay for healthcare. Halee has been at the forefront of commentary on these new requirements, making strong statements standing up for healthcare providers, administrators and executives that have established her as a thought leader on these issues. In a recent op-ed featured in Modern Healthcare, she took on the old boys club of healthcare leaders – or as she calls them “44 Longs” – and laid out ways to add a much-needed new perspective to the industry’s leadership.

Whether it’s advocating for collaboration in practices, fighting for practices in Washington, or ensuring MGMA shapes the future of healthcare, Halee Fischer-Wright’s first year as CEO has proven she is helping MGMA to grow in exciting new directions and assist its membership in navigating the changing healthcare industry.

Provide a brief biography of the nominated woman (up to 125 words):

Halee Fischer-Wright is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Group Management Association, the largest association for medical practice administrators and executives in the United States.

As a nationally respected physician leader, Dr. Fischer-Wright has used her considerable experience to encourage medical management innovation and create cultures of excellence. She began her career as a practicing pediatrician, moving on to serve in a variety of leadership positions within clinics, hospitals and systems, including acting as the Chief Medical Officer for St. Anthony North Health Campus and spending 12 years as President of the Rose Medical Group. She is the coauthor of Tribal Leadership, a New York Times bestseller and was recently listed on Modern Healthcare’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.