Healthcare reform has become such an overused term that healthcare leaders are almost numbed by it. It encompasses many changes—from the way healthcare is paid for to how it's accessed—that it calls into question almost everything leaders think they know about how to best run a hospital, health system, or physician group practice. The term also references a multiyear change, so leaders are doing the best they can to break down strategies necessary to survive and thrive under new rules into more easily digestible steps. In October, we held a roundtable with some of the industry's top strategists to discuss the latest HealthLeaders Media survey findings on reform readiness and to come up with insights into how to frame and enact strategies that will ensure survival. [Sponsored by Optum.]
With a growing number of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures among healthcare organizations, leaders must recognize the effect of these agreements beyond financial support and growth opportunity. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts to discuss how to evaluate joint ventures and partnerships. The insights our panelists share include understanding partnership options, performing a thorough due diligence process, and dealing with the breadth of the cultural changes. Following are highlights from that conversation. [Sponsored by LHP Hospital Group, LLC.]
With reliable predictions that reimbursements will decline steadily in coming years, hospitals and health systems are working to eliminate waste and excess cost in order to position themselves to be competitive long term. In August 2011, HealthLeaders Media conducted a detailed survey among senior leaders at these institutions in an attempt to better understand their motivations, their pressure points, and, most important, their strategies for gaining control of their organization's cost structure. In September, we held a roundtable with several key executives to discuss the findings in an effort to identify strategies that yield the best results in this time of rapid change. [Sponsored by Optum.]
The way Americans pay for healthcare services is changing—and so are their interactions with providers. Healthcare organizations will be taking on new or expanded roles as benefits educators and administrators, financial counselors, creditors, and collectors. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts to discuss how healthcare reform, insurance industry trends, consumerism, changes to reimbursement, and emerging care models will affect revenue-cycle management. The solutions they propose range from better use of data and technology to building better relationships with patients—especially when it comes time for them to pay the bill. Following are highlights from that conversation. [Sponsored by Ontario Systems.]
Most hospitals and health systems think they have figured out succession planning. They might have an executive who's planning on retiring in a couple of years, and they've groomed someone internally to take over. But planning for what you know will happen overlooks the most probable threat to the continuity of a leadership team—the unplanned departures. HealthLeaders Media recently convened a panel of experts to discuss this important issue. Following are highlights. [Sponsored by BE Smith.]
Hospital and health system management teams and physicians are struggling with the change management necessary to integrate formerly independent practices into their new homes as part of the hospital and health system hierarchy. Many such hospitals and health systems are working to change their management reporting structure to address physicians' demands for a level of autonomy, and balancing that desire with the health system's need to ensure quality and patient satisfaction goals. It's a difficult transition, and the future viability of the overall organization hangs in the balance. [Sponsored by MedSynergies.]
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is bringing significant change to the healthcare industry, and with that change come increased stresses. Perhaps the law's earliest impact will be felt in the emergency department, as thousands of people who were formerly uninsured seek care there due to a general shortage of primary care physicians. With many EDs already running at capacity, how does a hospital leader create new systems and expand capacity to meet increasing patient demand, as well as the increasing demands of care coordination? Learn from some of the industry's leaders in this condensed version of a recent conversation moderated by HealthLeaders Media. [Sponsored by TeamHealth].
Evidence isn't just for medicine; it's for the business side of the hospital or health system, as well. Data can be a competitive advantage, but as important as the data themselves are the conclusions that can be drawn to aid in developing the strategic plan. After all, how can senior leaders develop an effective strategic plan if the data aren't all in the same place? Learn from some of the industry's leaders in this conversation moderated by HealthLeaders Media. [Sponsored by CPM Marketing.]