That means reducing cost, improving communication through electronic medical record systems, aligning physicians, and working at every level to improve quality of care and patient experience.
That's the opinion of Rulon Stacey, immediate past president of the American College of Healthcare Executives and now president of the newly formed University of Colorado Health, which includes some 1,500 beds in five hospitals from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.
"We've been dealing with these kinds of public policy tug-of-wars now for such a long time, and you can't make meaningful strategic decisions on a public policy that is so volatile," he said on Friday. "You just can't do that. So the trick then becomes to identify things you know are happening independent of the policy debates."
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