Menachemi received his doctorate in health services administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before coming to IU, he held faculty positions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and the Florida State University College of Medicine.
“All of my research looks at either organizational or policy aspects associated with changes to clinical structures or to innovation adoption. It’s very apropos to both the clinical and business sides of healthcare,” Menachemi says.
An understanding of revenue and delivery models in healthcare is a pre-requisite of almost every study he conducts, he explains.
In the Business of Medicine Physician MBA Program, one of the courses Menachemi teaches—Healthcare Revenue and Delivery Models—is an overview of the many different ways the industry has developed models for financing healthcare over the years.
“This is a course that provides a big picture understanding: how all the things physicians experience every single day are related to each other. There are cost containment pressures; there is a focus on improving quality, and there are all these hospital report cards that are being published. Without seeing the 50,000-foot view, it’s hard to appreciate how and why all these things are getting us (the U.S. healthcare system) toward something better.”
Menachemi also teaches Information Technology in the Health Care Industry, a course that familiarizes students with current issues associated with health information technology and its impact on the U.S. healthcare system. Health IT applications (e.g., electronic health records, decision support systems, health information exchanges) are playing an increasingly important role in patient safety and accountable care, and they are now linked to financial reimbursements.
“We need to apply more of those technologies to improve clinical care, not just the business aspect of it,” he says. “Health IT, in its current state in this country, bridges the clinical and business sides of healthcare, which is why I think it’s a very exciting course to have in the Kelley Physician MBA program.”
“Tomorrow’s physician leader is going to have to be fluent in both business and medicine to be truly effective,” Menachemi adds.