MGMA Stat poll finds meetings are most productive when organized and structured News Article - 05.31.18 Practice Efficiency Sign in to save The Medical Group Management Association’s most recent MGMA Stat poll asked healthcare leaders how many hours per week they spend in meetings. The majority of respondents indicated that they spend 0 to 15 hours per week in meetings: 39% from 0 to 5 hours and 40% from 6 to 15 hours. When asked if the time in these meetings is productive, these respondents frequently indicated yes, if they are organized, have structured agendas and end with specific assignments and goals. One respondent noted, “I prefer to have private discussions and quick huddles during the week. The employees now do the same: collaborations with key persons.” Those who spend 16 to 25 hours (14%) or more than 25 hours (7%) per week in meetings reported that their time spent in meetings is sometimes productive and cited that many of their meetings could be replaced more effectively by phone calls, emails or in-person conversations. The poll was conducted on May 29, 2018, with 1,666 total responses. MGMA offers pointers to run effective meetings for better alignment, accountability and trust in your practice. MGMA Stat is a national poll that addresses practice management topics, the impact of new legislation and related topics. Participation is free and available to all healthcare leaders. Results of other polls and information on how to participate in MGMA Stat are available at: mgma.com/stat.