Category On The Road

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May

Canary in the Coal Mine

The State of Maryland has been on a unique journey for the last two years as the only state in the nation where healthcare is currently delivered under a population-based budget.  Maryland “promised” the federal government that by the end of 2018, 80% of hospital revenue in the state, for state residents, would shift away more »

28
Apr

Meeting a Winner!

I did not know the winner of the inaugural Hearst Health Prize until the moment that Hearst Health CEO & President Dr. Gregory Dorn and I opened the envelope on stage at our Population Health Colloquium on March 8, 2016. Therefore, it was an extra pleasure to visit the winner, Community Care of North Carolina more »

15
Apr

Deep Space

As a boy growing up in the 1960’s, I often dreamt of being an astronaut and envied the fighter pilots-turned space explorers who seemed to have “all the right stuff”.  Instead of blasting off into low earth orbit, I traveled to Verona, WI to the headquarters of the venerable EHR developer, Epic.  Perhaps you’ve been more »

5
Apr

A Heart to Heart Conversation at the ACC

Picture the largest auditorium in North America, at the McCormick Place in Chicago, overflowing with more than 3,600 cardiologists from around the country and abroad.  Now, add in the opening ceremony, including a video greeting from Michelle Obama, and you have all the ingredients for a heart pounding, educational experience.  In this setting, I was more »

1
Apr

A Good Way to Celebrate Doctor’s Day

Did you know that National Doctors’ Day, the US holiday created to recognize physician service, started in 1933?  I had the privilege of celebrating Doctors’ Day this year by serving as the plenary speaker for the 13th Annual National Doctors’ Recognition Day Symposium hosted by the Bronx County Medical Society in New York State.  The more »

12
Nov

Population Health 2020

I love working with state hospital associations!  I get to meet colleagues from a large geographic area and have an opportunity to learn about the roll-out of health reform in different parts of the country. At the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA), they set aside three hours for me to do a deep dive on “Envisioning Population more »

2
Nov

A “Pentagon” in Sioux Falls, SD

I know at first read that sounds like a typo.  Trust me, it is not!  Sanford Health, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the largest integrated delivery system in the Dakotas with 43 medical centers in the Northern part of our country.  In addition to the medical centers, Sanford today has a health plan more »

28
Oct

Integris Health

Integris is currently the largest healthcare system in Oklahoma.  I particularly like their value statement, which is pretty easy to remember as it consists of three powerful concepts  – “love, learn, and lead.”  With this foundation in mind, the Integris board conducts an annual off-site retreat focused on timely and relevant governance topics. This year more »

20
Oct

Charleston Chew

The tall guy in the photo here is Dr. Todd Shuman, the Chief Physician Officer of a clinically integrated delivery system in Charleston, SC called Roper St. Francis.  We were together at  their annual board and leadership retreat at the famous Wild Dunes Resort on Palmetto Island, just outside Charleston.  The Roper St. Francis Board, more »

15
Oct

Population Health Prayer

Aren’t those stained glass windows beautiful?  That’s Dr. Mark Hackman, Vice President of Medical Affairs, standing with me at Mount Carmel East Hospital’s annual Quality Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mount Carmel East is now part of Trinity Health, and the leaders of both organizations have decided to focus on population health. I have visited Mount more »

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