I spent the day yesterday with the Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives. All I can say is…wow!!! What an extraordinary group they have. They are totally engaged in ACHE and in the advancement of the profession. I can’t tell you how impressed I was. Kudos to the CAHE Board and especially to Steve Merz, the President of the Connecticut Chapter.
Speaking at the CAHE Annual Meeting on June 30
The other opportunity I had was to serve on a panel for a panel discussion at the CAHE annual meeting.
Panel Discussion at the CAHE Annual Meeting
The distinguished panel represented all different parts of the healthcare industry. I learned a lot listening to others offer their thoughts. Some of the lessons of the panel:
1) Integration is going to happen whether we like it or not. Those organizations which lead the change will be most successful.
2) We will not have the luxury of allowing variation in how we provide service in the future. Organizations which are able to identify the best practice and duplicate that practice across their organization will be the most successful.
3) Hospitals think that integration means that other organizations will come into hospitals and hospitals get to decide how best to utilize their resources. However, true integration means that all parts of the system will have access to decisions and how we prepare for the future.
4) Employment of physicians will continue to increase. Employed physicians will have the largest role in leading change within hospitals to improve quality and decrease cost. They will be leading the integration change…from the inside out.
5) Health information will rule the next several years.
6) The “Medical Home” and “Accountable Care Organization” concepts seem like nothing more than the old “capitation” and “gatekeeper” model. Does this mean that healthcare reform in the future is simply an HMO on steroids…controlled by the government? Interesting question. Any thoughts on this one?
It made for a fascinating day. Thanks to Steve and the entire crew for their help and support.
P.S. One last thought. Special thanks to Lubna Shamsi for taking me around yesterday. I’m not sure how she drew the short straw and had to drive me around, but it was a great experience to learn all that this talented young executive has accomplished. Thanks Lubna….you have a very bright future ahead of you!
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