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31
Jul

The Role of Specialty Societies in Population Health

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), headquartered in Heart House in central Washington, DC, is arguably one of the most important and  powerful subspecialty societies worldwide.  I appreciated being asked to  open their 2-day Population Health Retreat, which included other speakers from academia, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control more »

21
Jul

The Governor

Yes, that’s me standing next to Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.  After only five months in office, Governor Wolf is demonstrating his commitment to improving the health of the population in our Commonwealth.  I was privileged to be part of a small group of outsiders with expertise in health care issues who were invited to more »

24
Jun

Governance Under Health Reform

Yes, that’s me wearing my Jefferson shirt, hiking in Park City, Utah.  I had just finished working with colleagues at the Northern Region of Intermountain Healthcare, a sprawling integrated delivery system, with headquarters in Salt Lake City. The Northern region of Intermountain is facing challenges that resonate with many other systems in their attempt to more »

16
Jun

The “Batting King” of Big Data

Have you read the great book, Moneyball or seen the movie starring Brad Pitt?  This photograph is not Brad Pitt, but it is Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, and the fellow who is featured in the hit movie.  Over  a dozen years ago, Billy Beane discovered that high-priced baseball players don’t more »

16
Jun

Mentoring for Quality and Safety

Can you believe this tabletop sign? This photo was taken at the 7th Annual AAMC-Integrating Quality (IQ) Meeting in Chicago, IL, which is the top inter-professional development conference for clinical leaders, educators, and trainees across the entire medical education spectrum.   It’s the official AAMC “get together” for students, teachers, and house officers, focused on improving more »

12
Jun

Blooming in the Desert

It was 104 degrees Fahrenheit when I visited Scottsdale, AZ and our colleagues at the Mediware Corporation.  Perhaps you’ve never heard of them, but I’m confident that you will!  Mediware is an information services company with a diverse portfolio of products that range from software tracking for core stem cell blood donation to home infusion and more »

9
Jun

Growing Healthy Communities

After working on it for 20 years, Health Choice Network (HCN) has emerged as “one of the nation’s most successful collaborations of community health centers.”  It was a real treat to deliver their lunchtime plenary address and conduct a breakout session for some of their clinical leaders during their annual leadership retreat in Boca Raton, more »

5
Jun

Meet Me In St. Louis!

St. Louis is home to SSM Health, an organization of 30,000 employees (including 1,300 employed physicians), 175 clinic locations and 19 affiliated hospitals, primarily in four states – Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.  You get the idea—it is a big Midwestern deal!   For the first time in their 143-year history, SSM Health is committing to more »

27
May

Forward-Thinking Physician Leaders

The BayCare Health System is composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals and outpatient facilities (over 200 locations) that provides health care to patients in the Tampa Bay area.  I have had the privilege of visiting them twice in the past four years and, most recently, I gave the culminating talk for their physician more »

12
May

The Employer Challenge

For the past 20 years, I’ve been passionate about working with  business coalitions who are interested in purchasing high value healthcare services. The National Business Coalition on Health has constituent members across the country, including  the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH), led by Thomas J. Croyle.  I had the privilege of addressing their members at more »

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