About Michelle Wilkinson

As a member of ECG’s Academic Healthcare Division, Michelle focuses on addressing those healthcare issues related to the tripartite mission of educational, clinical, and research enterprises. At ECG, Michelle has assisted clients with a variety of projects, including strategic planning, financial modeling, and alignment/integration. Most recently, she has served in an interim management capacity to develop the infrastructure necessary to support a centralized academic affairs function for a multistate community academic health system. Michelle also has experience in the Lean methodology and is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She has led cross-functional teams in process redesign and curriculum development. Prior to joining ECG, she completed an administrative fellowship at UNC Health Care System, focusing her efforts on program planning. Michelle holds a master of science degree in public health, with a concentration in health policy and management, from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of arts degree in environmental science and public policy, with a focus in health policy, from Harvard University.

AMCs, Teaching Hospitals Stand to Gain Under New CMS Model

This blog post was written by Michelle Wilkinson, Manager, and Emma Mandell Gray, Senior Manager.

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative geared toward improving healthcare delivery. The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) model attempts to bridge a critical gap between clinical care and community and social services by screening Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries for certain health-related social needs in the core areas of housing, food, utilities, interpersonal violence, and transportation. CMS’s goal is to ultimately improve overall care and health outcomes by steering patients to the appropriate community resources available to them. Continue reading

Have You Considered Integrating PCMH and GME?

In response to market pressures that are compelling health systems to demonstrate the value of healthcare, innovative care delivery models – such as the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) – have emerged.  Concurrently, graduate medical education (GME) programs are rethinking traditional curricula and developing methods to train the next generation of physicians to work within these new models of care delivery.  True, this educational transformation began in response to changes in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s (ACGME’s) requirements; but where some health systems see obligation, others see opportunity.  In fact, forward-thinking organizations are integrating PCMH concepts into the clinical training environment to foster evolving medical practices and contemporary curricula by teaching PCMH tools. Continue reading

Are You Passing Up a GME Funding Opportunity?

We would like to make you aware of a potential GME funding opportunity. Pursuant to Section 5506 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced additional resident slots available for redistribution from closed teaching hospitals.

Interested hospitals must complete a six-page “CMS Application Form as Part of the Application for the Increase in a Hospital’s FTE Cap(s) under Section 5506 of the Affordable Care Act: Preservation of FTE Cap Slots from Teaching Hospitals that Close” for each residency program for which the hospital intends to use the requested FTEs. Continue reading