Target Audience

This activity is appropriate for physicians in all specialties.  Content may also be valuable to practice managers, consultants, or other professionals with an interest in trending issues related to U.S. health care.

Goals and Objectives

Healthcare is an ever changing and evolving organism. The dynamic nature of this industry requires its administrators, clinicians and revenue cycle specialists to always be aware of changing tides. Healthcare delivery models also continue to change and as such so should the people that run them have to adapt by adding or subtracting different service lines, operating lean and finding clever ways to increase their reimbursement for procedures that in the past were generating higher profit margins. The presentation will focus on different delivery models and how that is impacting current health systems and new markets. Also these different delivery models will touch upon some of the regulatory challenges, barriers of entry and reimbursement challenges. A well informed administrator, student will be able to take this knowledge and have the necessary information to employ these strategies or analyze the potentials for any competitors that may be using these delivery models in their communities. Upon completion of the activity, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Recognize the different delivery models for healthcare.
  • Develop strategies to expand the reach of current or future hospitals.
  • Integrate the different models to meet clinical needs, compliance with state and federal regulations while being fiscally responsible.

Course Information

CME Release Date: April 22, 2019
Valid for credit through: April 22, 2020
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Southern Medical Association and Auburn University’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business.  The Southern Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from [email protected] within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Dharmesh Patel, MD, is AMD Global’s founder and CEO, he is a board-certified emergency room physician and former co-founder of Neighbors Health. As the system’s COO, Patel helped steer and expand Neighbors Emergency Center from its infancy in 2008 to becoming one of the largest independently-held system of freestanding emergency rooms in the nation, at one time having more than 30 locations across several states. Through Dr. Patel’s vision, AMD Global has expanded its list of projects to include medical office buildings (MOBs), ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and micro-hospitals or community based hospitals.  To support the hospital infrastructure, Dr. Patel started his own medical billing company to handle the entire revenue cycle for each of his owned healthcare facilities.  Its accomplishments include outperforming other revenue cycle companies with an expertise on out-of-network billing while bringing value to the patients and communities it serves.


The following individuals have stated that they have no relevant financial relationships occurring within the past 12 months to disclose.

Dharmesh Patel, MD

Dianne B. Love, PhD
Waldon Garriss, III, MD, MACP

Jennifer Price, MA

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