Executive Briefings


6 Management Best Practices For Sustainability In A Changing Market

Executive Briefing | August 19, 2017
Yesterday, I shared my three big takeaways from this week’s 2017 OPEN MINDS Best Practices Institute (see The 3 Market Challenges We Aren’t Prepared For). Today, I want to focus on how executive teams of provider organizations can prepare...

The 3 Market Challenges We Aren’t Prepared For

Executive Briefing | August 18, 2017
Greetings from sunny Long Beach! We just wrapped the The 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute, and I have learned so much from the 30+ thought leaders who presented over the past few days. I had three big...

The Future Of IDD Is In The Home

Executive Briefing | August 15, 2017
Greetings from The 2017 OPEN MINDS I/DD Summit in Long Beach! Today we had a sneak preview of the new 2017 State Of The States On Developmental Disabilities, from the author himself, David Braddock, Ph.D., the Executive Director of...

Value-Based Reimbursement As Clinical Best Practice Driver

Executive Briefing | August 12, 2017
As I’m getting ready to fly to California for our 2017 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute, I’ve been reflecting on “best practices” in the field. By definition, a best practice is “a procedure that has been shown by...

Stress & Health (& Health Care Spending)

Executive Briefing | August 11, 2017
It’s been almost 20 years since the first results from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) were published. If you aren’t familiar with it, the ACE study is long-term study of over 17,000 participants that explores the effects of...

Have We Moved Beyond Stigma In Marketing?

Executive Briefing | August 10, 2017
Concerns about the stigma of mental illness and addiction have been around for a long time.  In 2001, we published  Pennsylvania Launches Statewide Campaign to Fight Stigma Against Mental Illness. In 2007, Eighty Percent of Human Resources Directors Believe Shame &...

Assessing (& Addressing) Consumers’ Social Support Needs

Executive Briefing | August 9, 2017
Social determinants of health — such as poverty, lack of education, racism, discrimination, environment, and community conditions – should be a common strategic conversation in health care. The links between social conditions and health care resource use are now...

The Bigger The Challenge, The Bigger The Opportunity

Executive Briefing | August 8, 2017
“The bigger the challenge, the bigger the opportunity” – this often quoted truism can be applied to many different situations in the health and human service market, but it came to my mind the other day when discussing the...

Whole Person Care Takes Another Step Forward

Executive Briefing | August 5, 2017
If you are looking for trends in the health and human services industry, California is often the place to look (see California As A Bellwether). Another great recent example of California at the forefront of industry trends is whole...

Technology Makes ‘Lifetime Learning’ A Leadership Must

Executive Briefing | August 4, 2017
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death,” Albert Einstein “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” Henry Ford. These are the phrases that come to...

The Top Priorities For Innovation Are…

Executive Briefing | August 3, 2017
In a time of disruption – both financial and technological – the ability to innovate is key to the sustainability of health and human service organizations. Typically, these innovations are focused on some part of the value equation, increasing...

The Medicaid Spending Mosaic

Executive Briefing | August 1, 2017
Our new analysis of average per person Medicaid spending found that the U.S. spent $7,492 per person for the 68+ million enrollees in 2015. But our analysis also found there are wide variations in spending by type of consumer...

Health Plan Strategy Meets The Opioid Crisis

Executive Briefing | July 31, 2017
You can’t look at the news without seeing something about the opioid crisis. Here are just a few headlines from the last few days – Wisconsin Takes New Steps To Fight Opioid Epidemic, “It’s Getting A Lot Younger” – Discussing The Opioid Epidemic From The...

In The Land Of The Blind

Executive Briefing | July 29, 2017
I learned a lot from our three health plan thought leaders – Mark A. Refowitz, Former Director, County of Orange Health Care Agency & Former Board Chairman, Cal Optima; Monica Collins, Senior Director, System Transformation, Magellan Behavioral Health of...

The Housing To Heath Care Evolution

Executive Briefing | July 27, 2017
The housing issue is one that vexes U.S. health and human service policy at many levels. Funding for housing assistance is not keeping pace with need (see Substantial Funding Boost Needed to Renew Housing Vouchers in 2017 and Spending...

The Big Rewards Of Health Care Through The Consumer Lens

Executive Briefing | July 26, 2017
We’ve written a lot about the growing impact of consumerism in health and human services and how intertwined that consumerism is with digital technology. But it wasn’t until I heard Jeff Reid, Enterprise Vice President of the Digital Center of...

Making Your Organization The Rock In The River

Executive Briefing | July 24, 2017
I thought a lot about that remark over the past few months. How people in general (and management teams in particular) desire certainty. And the question – how can leaders bring a sense of stability to their organizations in...

New Investments, New Contracts Top The List In 2017

Executive Briefing | July 22, 2017
2017 has been a year of surprising headlines – in general news coverage and in health and human services specifically. But I wasn’t surprised at the results when we were reviewing what industry updates our members were reading. So far in 2017, executives have been...

Social Impact Bonds – Moving From Experimental To Scale

Executive Briefing | July 21, 2017
Of the many financing and financial diversification options that exist for provider organizations, the newest one to the table is pay-for-success (PFS) initiatives financed with social impact bonds (SIBs). We have been covering many recent PFS projects as they...