Executive Briefings


In All That Tech Spending, Don’t Forget The ROI

Executive Briefing | April 27, 2017
Spending on new information technology (IT) by health care provider organizations is rising (see Provider Organization Tech Investments Predicted To Double – What Tops The List & Why?). The global health care information technology market was valued at $41.2...

Do You Need An EHR ‘Makeover’?

Executive Briefing | April 26, 2017
The majority of provider organizations have invested in an electronic health record (EHR). But there appears to be room for improvement. Health care professionals are increasingly voicing frustration with their EHRs. Why? “Poor usability, clunky interfaces, ineffective search and...

A Public Health Crisis In Rural America

Executive Briefing | April 25, 2017
Since the turn of the century, we’ve seen an interesting and troubling new trend — one that I don’t think anyone else predicted beforehand. And it’s only received mainstream attention in the past year or two. I’m talking about...

Heads Up! Proposed Changes To Inpatient Mental Health Performance Measures

Executive Briefing | April 24, 2017
Just when you finished your performance dashboard, it looks like the performance measurement set is going to change. Last month, the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) recommended that the federal government remove 51 health care quality...

Jumping The Addiction Treatment Gap

Executive Briefing | April 22, 2017
About 70% of employers report that they see negative effects of untreated addictive disorders among their workforce. A recent report from the National Safety Council (NSC) found that untreated substance use disorders can pose significant costs for employers in...

Finding The Opportunities In Serving The 1 In 68

Executive Briefing | April 21, 2017
One in 68. By now we’re all familiar with the stat. An estimated one in every 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Last year, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis reported that...

HIPAA Fines & HIPAA Audits On The Rise

Executive Briefing | April 20, 2017
If you were watching, 2016 was a banner year for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) set a department record last year with a...

The Framework For A Marketing Strategy For Addiction Treatment Programs

Executive Briefing | April 17, 2017
Medicaid is currently the primary payer for behavioral health treatment – both mental health and addictive disorders – paying about $54 billion in 2014, or 24% of the total $220 billion of U.S. behavioral health spending (see Behavioral Health...

Out-Of-Pocket Health Care Costs – Down For Most, Up For Some

Executive Briefing | April 15, 2017
Out-of-pocket (OOP) health costs for U.S. consumers decreased between 2000 and 2014 (see Out-Of-Pocket Health Costs Decreased For All Age Groups Between 2000 & 2014). Given the coverage of the topic in the popular press and in our political...

The Bumpy Path To Value-Based Reimbursement Will Create New Winners

Executive Briefing | April 14, 2017
Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) have been in place since the passage of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in 2010 – and have served as one of the primary models for moving provider organization reimbursement from...

Thinking Of Creating A Digital Health App?

Executive Briefing | April 13, 2017
Personal health and wellness apps on mobile devices are here to stay. Because of the proliferation of mobile technologies and consumer demand, there’s no putting that genie back in the bottle (see The Problems With Bringing Apps To The...

What Do Your Consumers Want?

Executive Briefing | April 12, 2017
Yesterday we took a look at how to increase consumer engagement in your organization in, Making Consumer Engagement A Reality. We reviewed the tactical roadmap to consumer engagement. But bigger questions loom. What do consumers want and what is...

Making Consumer Engagement A Reality

Executive Briefing | April 11, 2017
Engaged consumers have better outcomes and cost less money. This is a mantra in health and human services with good reason – What The Evidence Shows About Patient Activation: Better Health Outcomes And Care Experiences; Fewer Data On Costs, Engaging Patients...

Does An ‘Agile’ Workforce Want Your Jobs?

Executive Briefing | April 10, 2017
A few years ago, I was in Argentina and saw advertisements for housing complexes targeting U.S. visitors. The gist of the ads was “move to Argentina in your retirement because we have lots of affordable home care workers.” It...

For Telehealth, The ROI Is Where You Plan For It

Executive Briefing | April 8, 2017
Like most technologies in the health and human service space, return-on-investment (ROI) depends on the stakeholder and the situation. The recent ROI studies of telehealth are a great example. On the plus side of the ledger, rural health care,...

Primary Care Practice Readiness For Medical Homes

Executive Briefing | April 7, 2017
Last week, we wrote about the recent study that found that primary care practices overall were not doing much with depression screening — What’s With The 4.2%?. The findings are important for thinking about the “on-the-ground” realities of integrating consumer...

How Many Consumers With Disabilities Can Live At Home?

Executive Briefing | April 5, 2017
How many consumers with disabilities can live in a home in the community? Before you hit “reply” and send me a pointed comment, I want to say that my question is somewhat rhetorical. I know that most consumers, with...

Building A Culture Of Performance

Executive Briefing | April 4, 2017
Optimizing organizational performance isn’t about the data, it’s about the culture. That was my conclusion after reading the recent articles by Monica E. Oss and Howard Shiffman – What ‘Performance’ Should Your Team Care About? Look At Your Health...