Where Everybody Knows Your Name (if you are a medical director)

John Marcille

Back in the 1980s, the theme song for the television comedy show Cheers had a line: “Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came.” Now, clinical executives have that place, and its drawing power is not the broad strokes associated with a mammoth social network site like Facebook, but rather, a more focused perspective.

The Medical Directors Forum, found at www.medicaldirectorsforum.com (link is external), serves as a gathering place for like-minded clinical executives to share ideas, provide guidance and insight, and discuss the many things they do on a day-to-day basis that they wish they could do better. In the past, medical meetings often provided this collegial atmosphere, but now that sharing of ideas and experiences is just a mouse click away.

A main draw will be the discussion boards. Each will be moderated by a thought leader on the topic who can tease out pearls of wisdom from the participants that might otherwise remain hidden or, at the very least, unshared.

Please do sign up for these boards as soon as you join the forum, so as to help them achieve the critical mass needed for good discussion. The forum is just starting up, and the number of participants will slowly grow.

Another area on the site that is expected to get a lot of traffic is the reference library, which will pull guidelines from various government agencies and commercial insurers and provide access in one convenient location.

John Marcille is the editor of Managed Care.

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