The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) announces that Dr. Halee S. Fischer-Wright, MD, MMM, FAAP, will serve as the Association’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective March 23. For nearly 90 years, MGMA has been the largest association for medical practice administrators and executives in the U.S.
Dr. Fischer-Wright is a nationally recognized healthcare executive and physician leader and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer, St. Anthony North Health Campus (Westminster, Colo.), which is part of the Centura Health System. She started her own successful medical practice early in her career, has spent time as a management consultant, and served as president of Rose Medical Group in Denver, a 680 physician PHO/MSO for 12 years. She also co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Tribal Leadership and is a nationally recognized speaker.
“I am awed and inspired by the power of the national voice of 33,000 MGMA members, participating in groups of all sizes, specialties and their ability to lead high performance medical practices that elevate patient care, despite the overwhelming velocity of change in healthcare,” said Dr. Fischer-Wright. “I am thrilled to be named MGMA President and Chief Executive Officer and to have the opportunity to work alongside such passionate members and talented staff.”
Dr. Fischer-Wright will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and vision to MGMA and the larger healthcare industry, managing the MGMA staff and Association operations, as well as representing medical group practices and continuing to position the organization as the resource for members on critical healthcare issues. She will also be tasked with implementing the Association’s new three year strategic plan.
“Dr. Fischer-Wright’s unique expertise and experience from working in both clinical and administrative roles will be critical in helping MGMA members prepare for value based payments and leverage the full clinical and operational power of their practices to enhance patient care in their practices and position them for this success,” said Debra J. Wiggs, FACMPE, Partner, W² Management Solutions, Bellingham, Wash., MGMA Board chair. “We know that she will inspire MGMA members to consider new and innovative ways to run their organizations and serve patients. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Fischer-Wright to the Association.”
“The MGMA CEO Search Committee completed an extremely exhaustive search, and we are confident that Dr. Fischer-Wright’s knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities will keep the Association on a continued trajectory for success and elevate the profession of medical practice management,” said William Henderson, FACMPE, administrator, Department of Neurology, Albany Medical College, former MGMA Board Co-Chair, Chair of MGMA CEO search committee.
Dr. Fischer-Wright has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado and received her MD degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has a Masters of Medical Management (MMM) from the University of Southern California and a certificate in Executive Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She completed her internship/residency as president of the Pediatric Residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Program.
The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) equips practice administrators and executives with the knowledge and tools to lead high-performance physician group practices in a complex and evolving healthcare environment. As the leading association for practice administrators for nearly 90 years, MGMA provides the education, advocacy, data and resources that healthcare organizations need to deliver the highest-quality patient care. MGMA also produces the most credible medical practice economic data in the industry and provides industry-leading board certification and Fellowship programs through the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE).
MGMA and its 50 state affiliates comprise more than 33,000 administrators and executives in 18,000 healthcare organizations in which 385,000 physicians practice. MGMA represents physician groups of all sizes, types, structures and specialties, and has members in every major healthcare system in the nation. MGMA is headquartered in Englewood, Colo., with a Government Affairs office in Washington, D.C.