2020 Healthcare Forecast: 4 Key Trends and 10 Essential Strategies
By Allen MillerPrincipal and Chief Executive Officer, COPE Health Solutions
By Andrew Snyder, MDPrincipal and Chief Medical Officer, COPE Health Solutions
The new decade has barely begun, but already 2020 is shaping up to be another pivotal year in healthcare. With all the innovation taking place in payment models, service delivery, technology and other areas, it is easy to lose sight of the fundamental drivers of the emerging healthcare industry. This article outlines four rock-solid, multi-year trends that continue to define the biggest opportunities and challenges facing both providers and payers. It also lays out 10 strategies that are essential to success in healthcare in 2020 and in the years ahead. Read article
Meetings are a Virus
By James Hanson, MDDirector, Lean Health Care Practice, Moss Adams
As I see so many people struggling this winter with bad colds and flu, I have made a clinical observation: The signs and symptoms of a highly contagious virus are similar to what I’m seeing in the current epidemic of meeting overload that is running rampant throughout our health care delivery sites. The meeting virus is spread through both direct contact and through electronic communication, especially e-mail. As a result of its virulence and means of transmission, hospital leaders are highly susceptible. Read article
Do We Really Need Health Care, After All?
By Craig B. GarnerFounder, Garner Health Law Corporation
More than seven years ago, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts saved the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) by upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate through Congress’s authority to “lay and collect Taxes.” Rejecting the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause as a means to sustain the individual mandate, the Court acknowledged that Congress’s taxing authority can exceed its power to regulate commerce, but the power to tax affords Congress less control over individual behavior than its power to regulate commerce. At the time Chief Justice Roberts concluded Congress can only require “an individual to pay money into the Federal Treasury, no more.” As it turns out, Congress was unable to require an individual to pay the cost of the individual mandate, leaving the Internal Revenue Service to focus its collection efforts on the interception of refunds. Read article
37, 88 OMAHA!, Hut, Hut….Go!
By Thomas Ferkovic, R.Ph., MSManaging Director, Medic Management Group LLC
Peyton Manning made the 'OMAHA!' trigger word famous to let his lineman and team know that something was changing. Wouldn’t it be great if before every patient exam the doctor could calI a set of signals to get everyone lined up right? If every morning were exactly the same and patients came to the office in a neat and orderly fashion running a medical practice would be easy and you would not need to choreograph the patient flow dance. Unfortunately, patients do not present with the same symptoms, problem list, medications or fit neatly into the schedule slots. The reality is patients come in all sizes, shapes, variety, and sometimes they present with emergencies. The practice has many exam rooms, ancillary services, employees of various skill sets. Some days staff are on vacation, sick or tied up with other duties. Practices have many variables working in them hourly. How do you organize a busy, complex practice for maximum efficiency? Sometimes we need to look to other organizations for ideas on how daily duties are organized. Read article