Executive Briefings


The Change Iceberg

Executive Briefing | December 11, 2017
Keeping pace with the changing health and human service market is a bit like an iceberg. That was my conclusion from The 2018 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute session, Preparing For The Future In An Uncertain Market, led...

Your 21st Century Fund Development Toolkit

Executive Briefing | December 9, 2017
When our team talks to executives in non-profit organizations, we often hear a similar refrain when it comes to fundraising—getting individuals to give is getting harder each year and there is more competition for charitable dollars. These anecdotes are...

Financing Innovation & Business Development Amidst The Mergers

Executive Briefing | December 8, 2017
Well, the mega-mergers continue. Today’s new announcement—Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health will merge to create the country’s largest non-profit health care system in the nation, spanning 28 states, 139 hospitals, and 700 care sites (see Catholic-Dignity Merger To...

The Formula For Sustainability In The Children’s Services Market

Executive Briefing | December 7, 2017
As I was reading the interviews with our thoughtleaders in the children’s services market, I was reminded of a discussion I had yesterday with an investment banker specializing in the health and humans service market. His takeaway was that...

Can You Teach A Fish To Climb A Tree?

Executive Briefing | December 6, 2017
Well, the mega merger news is in—CVS is purchasing Aetna (see CVS Health to Acquire Aetna; Combination to Provide Consumers with a Better Experience, Reduced Costs and Improved Access to Health Care Experts in Homes and Communities Across the...

IT Spending Follows The Money

Executive Briefing | December 4, 2017
It’s no surprise—recently-released market research finds that provider technology investment is being driven by value-based reimbursement (VBR). Investment in technologies that supports value-based care will grow 34% over the next eight years—from $600 million in 2017 to $6.4 billion...

Social Determinants Today, Social Determinants Tomorrow

Executive Briefing | December 1, 2017
Discussion about how social factors affect health care costs continues to amplify—and the numbers are pretty clear. Low-income consumers—who often have more negative social determinants of health—are higher utilizers of acute care services; account for the majority of both...

David Versus Goliath?

Executive Briefing | November 30, 2017
Last week, I wrote about the need for creativity and innovation in health and human service development—with the caveat that great ideas were not enough for long-term sustainability (see Innovation Isn’t Enough). I had a number of great comments...

Do You Understand The Cost Of Value?

Executive Briefing | November 21, 2017
The recent 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute was a deep-dive into the organizations of the future—the organizations that will be sustainable will be data-driven, tech-enabled, and focused on value. How can executive teams help their organizations to...

Options For Community-Based Services For Behavioral Health

Executive Briefing | November 18, 2017
We’ve written a lot about the cost of untreated addiction treatment disorders and serious mental illness and its impact on communities – see Opioid-Related Hospital Stays Increase 121.6% In Small Metro Areas, Cleveland-Area Hospitals Put 79% Of Behavioral Health...

How Technology Is Changing Case Management

Executive Briefing | November 14, 2017
Targeted case management (TCM) has been a staple of services to consumers with complex conditions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) definition for case management includes “services that assist eligible individuals to gain access to needed medical,...

Even ‘Change Management’ Is Changing

Executive Briefing | November 13, 2017
Last week, our team was in full “tech immersion” at The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. But my big takeaway was less about the technology itself and more about changing how organizations use data for competitive advantage...

Telehealth Billing – Easier Than You Think?

Executive Briefing | November 10, 2017
The session on telehealth at The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology and Informatics Institute earlier this week was timely. Our 2017 technology survey found that telehealth adoption by specialty provider organizations grew by more than 20 percentage points for both...

3 Steps To Leading A Digital Transformation In Your Organization

Executive Briefing | November 9, 2017
Yesterday, we wrapped up The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology and Informatics Institute in Philadelphia. The theme of the week—in every session and hallway conversation—was about getting data aggregated and then doing something with it. This started with the first...

Connecting The Dots—Sustainability & Tech Leverage

Executive Briefing | November 8, 2017
Greetings from Philadelphia and the final day of The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute. It was three power-packed days focused on new and neat technology—smartphone GPS monitoring for addiction treatment, wearables and invisibles, data integration platforms for...

The Impact Of Tech In The Future – & The Reality Of Tech In The Present

Executive Briefing | November 7, 2017
Greetings from Philadelphia, where we kicked off The 2017 OPEN MINDS Technology and Informatics Institute this morning. It was a day with lots of discussion about the role of technology in improving organizational performance, competitive advantage, tech strategy, and...