Should health systems care about health? What do they plan to do about it? These questions are not as snarky as they may seem. The real strategic choice facing hospitals and health systems over the next decade is whether they will evolve their mission from its focus on sick care to health care.
I posed this question last week to a number of chief financial officers from across the country who gathered for two days of idea exchange at our annual HealthLeaders Media CFO Exchange. The 29 CFOs represented a diverse group of health systems, from community and rural hospitals all the way to regional health systems. They were also diverse in terms of their physician alignment, degree of payer/provider integration, and experience with risk-bearing contacts and capitation.
Rounds: Kaiser Permanente's Model for Total Health
Date: Oct. 16, 2012
None of the CFOs disputed that their organizations need to make many changes to meet demands for more coordinated, cost-effective care. They said they will work diligently to improve overall health.