From the desk of Harold Bischoff:
For each of us and all of us in the industry, healthcare transformation is top of mind and priority on our list. The goal: The delivery of value-based care. During the first week of November I had the pleasure to attend the Leadership Development Institute held by Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Mason, OH. At the session I got to hear presentations by the top leaders of CHP on how they are restructuring all the hospitals and organizations composing the entity. The goals for CHP are to:
- Develop clinically integrated networks in all markets served by the organization and to re-design the care delivery process;
- Change the payment model from being paid for the volume of services to being paid for quality/outcomes/total costs;
- Re-structure and align how support services within CHP, such as IT, legal services, HR, etc., are provided and attain cost efficiencies.
The message of the meeting was that we—whatever our role in the delivery process—have been called to transform with confidence, competence, and servant-hearts. Over the next year each CHP employee will be able to make a promise to make lives better, to promise to be of service and to promise to make healthcare easier.
One week later I attended The Advisory Board Company’s National Meeting in Washington, DC. Over the course of two days I got to hear up-to-the-minute research on what leading-edge health delivery organizations are dealing with in healthcare transformation and doing to restructure their delivery systems.
These experiences have flooded my mind with all the changes that are happening in healthcare delivery and the financing of care. While many believe that the Patient Protection and Accountable Care Act (the Health Reform Act) was the motivation for all the changes happening, I know that PPACA doesn’t deal directly with healthcare costs. Many leaders within healthcare organizations have concluded that our society simply cannot afford to deliver healthcare in the manner that we have. True leaders are attempting to change their delivery processes in order to ensure that they can continue to serve their communities.
Cornerstone Alliance, Inc. is working closely with St. Rita’s Medical Center in the structuring of a clinically integrated network to deliver value-based care. Since I have been working on this effort since early 2007, I welcome the changes that are afoot within CHP and St. Rita’s and believe that our Cornerstone Member Physicians and Providers will benefit, as well as the population at large in the Lima community from this effort.
Stay with us in this adventure called healthcare transformation as we seek the best ways to deliver value-based care for the good of our people and our community. I look forward to the journey ahead.
Harold L. Bischoff, FACHE
Cornerstone Alliance, Inc.