About Krista Fakoory

Krista joined ECG in 2007 with extensive experience in operations and process improvement, genetic and disease research, and strategic and financial planning for start-up businesses. At ECG, Krista has assisted hospitals, health systems, and medical groups with strategic, operational, and compensation planning and implementation. Her focus includes providing corporate strategic planning for hospitals and health systems, conducting financial planning for medical groups, structuring and implementing hospital/physician joint ventures, designing ambulatory delivery models, and developing management structures and policies for providers. Prior to joining ECG, she worked with the Center for Management Research in Healthcare, where she was involved in process mapping, system evaluation, and solutions analysis regarding the initiation of clinical trials in oncology groups and National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Krista has a master of business administration degree from Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management and a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego.

Are You Connected? Adopting a Telemedicine Strategy

This post was written by Krista Fakoory, Senior Manager, and Ramona Ramadas, Manager.

Ensuring that patients have access to care when and where they need it is a challenge as old as healthcare itself. Though it’s a historical issue, the provision of readily accessible care has never been more important. Expected physician shortages and mandates from health reform are shining a critical light on how, when, and where providers are delivering care.

As providers experiment with innovative scheduling models, and as care moves to nontraditional settings such as retail pharmacies, telemedicine is increasingly becoming a viable alternative for reaching patients who are located in remote areas, unable to travel, or want a more convenient healthcare experience. Continue reading

Three Trends Shaping Outpatient Orthopedic Care

In recent years, orthopedic providers have watched a prolonged period of reimbursement stability come to an end. A significant number of elective procedures and a robust stream of revenue from ancillary services had largely shielded orthopedic providers from the reimbursement declines experienced by many other specialties. That, in turn, resulted in little change to orthopedic care delivery.

But shrinking reimbursement levels and new payment models are now directly affecting orthopedic physician practices.  Payors and providers are seeking cost-saving opportunities amid high growth expectations. As a result, a dynamic environment is developing in which health systems and orthopedic physicians alike are looking to restructure and optimize the delivery of orthopedic care in the outpatient setting.

While orthopedic providers continue to navigate this new environment, the following outpatient trends are expected to continue taking shape in 2015: Continue reading

The Future of Physician-Owned Orthopedic ASCs: From the Owner Perspective

Increased demand for higher quality, lower costs, and more coordinated care is driving provider consolidation across the country, including the orthopedic ASC market.  As a result, there are complex dynamics that must be evaluated in determining the future viability of independent, physician-owned orthopedic ASCs.  From the perspective of ASC owners, choices generally include: Continue reading