Executive Briefings


What’s With The 4.2%?

Executive Briefing | March 24, 2017
The most surprising study result I’ve come across during the past couple of weeks was this — only 4.2% of adult consumers receive depression screenings during primary care visits (see 4.2% Of Adults Receive Depression Screening In Primary Care). I...

Is ‘Transactional Integration’ The Key To Integration Success?

Executive Briefing | March 22, 2017
There are many models — and a lot of advice available — for making behavioral health and primary care service integration a success. But what is most important depends on who you ask. Depending on their model of service...

Caregivers In An Era Of Value-Based Reimbursement

Executive Briefing | March 21, 2017
Here is an emerging question — how is the role of “caregiver” changing in a health and human service environment moving toward competitive procurement and value-based reimbursement? A quick look at recent headlines finds some conflicting developments — Kentucky...

The Challenge Of Insuring Consumers With Preexisting Conditions

Executive Briefing | March 20, 2017
The future of health care coverage and health care financing in the U.S. is front and center. At the top of this list is the issue of how to address providing health benefit coverage for consumers with pre-existing conditions....

What Might Work To Improve Outcomes Of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Executive Briefing | March 18, 2017
The “outcomes” for the 24,000 youth in the foster care system that enter adulthood each year don’t look good – they are less likely to graduate college, are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed, and have limited financial...

In Health Care Tech Investments, Keep Consumers Part Of The Equation

Executive Briefing | March 17, 2017
The forecasted growth rate in technology spending by health care provider organization is interesting – currently at 12% per year during the period from 2014 to 2020, reaching $68.3 billion in 2020. What are these provider organizations investing in?...

Your Tech Functionality Checklist For Value-Based Reimbursement

Executive Briefing | March 16, 2017
The shift to value-based care has turned “business as usual” on its head for many health and human service provider organizations. It’s forced the executive teams at those organizations to operate while simultaneously using a growing percentage of value-based...

Mental Health & Addiction Treatment Parity Is Smart – & Bipartisan

Executive Briefing | March 15, 2017
There have been many pieces of health care legislation over the past two decades that have shaped the U.S. health care system including, but certainly not limited to, the creation of Medicare Part D to provide prescription coverage for...

People Power: Managing Teams During The Transition To Value

Executive Briefing | March 14, 2017
Moving from fee-for-service to a value-based payment model requires a major shift in strategy and business operations for health care provider organizations. But even the most brilliant strategy and well thought-out business plan will meet with disaster if you...

Therapists & Online Reviews – Where Is The Ethical Line?

Executive Briefing | March 13, 2017
You can find online reviews for everything from house painters to beauty salons to therapists — and there are all sorts of practical and ethical quandaries for organizations when it comes with these online reviews. But the ethics discussion has...

Metrics Are A Leadership Issue

Executive Briefing | March 11, 2017
I’m big on metrics these days. Metrics by themselves are innocuous. By definition, a metric is “a standard for measuring or evaluating something, especially one that uses figures or statistics.” But the concept of “metrics” represents a wholesale change...

A ‘Perfect Storm’ For Telemental Health

Executive Briefing | March 10, 2017
Right now, we’re seeing a perfect storm for growth in telemental health, and it’s due to a combination of three factors: a workforce shortage of psychiatrists, consistently good outcomes for consumers, and increasing acceptance by payer organizations. Interest in telemental...

Perspectives On In-House Pharmacies & Mental Health

Executive Briefing | March 9, 2017
The past few weeks, we’ve written about the role of medication in integrated care coordination – and how important it is for managers of provider organizations to understand medication best practices, the relationship between consumer engagement and medication adherence,...

Provider/Health Plan Relationships Moving From Dependence To Interdependence

Executive Briefing | March 8, 2017
In the not too distant past, the relationship between health plans and the provider organizations that served their members could best be described as a “vendor” relationship. Health plans “shopped” for provider vendors based on service characteristics, location, and...

Using Pharmacy Data For Performance Improvement In Value-Based Contracts

Executive Briefing | March 7, 2017
For health plans and health systems alike, we’re seeing more of a focus on “total consumer spending” as a value measure. This “big picture” approach has suddenly brought into focus the importance of social supports to address social determinants...

Value-Based Reimbursement: 3 Steps To Go From Idea To Action

Executive Briefing | March 6, 2017
“Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower More and more of health care reimbursement to...

‘Transparency’ Coming To Clinical Notes

Executive Briefing | March 3, 2017
Transparency is increasingly shaping relationships between consumers and organizations in health and human services. We’ve written before about transparency in pricing by health care provider organizations – The Challenges Of Rising Consumer Spending On Health Care and The Value...