It's All About The Doctors

Posted by Don McDaniel on Aug 3, 2017 11:00:00 AM

I recently attended a great health care industry “futures” conference, a chance to get the pulse of the industry through discussion with key thought leaders.  Despite all the noise around ACA, “repeal and replace”, “skinny repeal”, etc., there were two take-aways that reinforced what I’ve already been feeling.

The first is the need for much better, much deeper, much more transparent payer and provider collaboration.  Call this “joining the dark side”, coopetition, etc. – the demands of new health care consumers and their surrogates will demand more seamless collaboration.  Collaboration is a vague, over used phrase; in my estimation, both those paying for and financing care (purchasers and their payer representatives; often health insurers) and those delivering and (increasingly – see high deductibles and higher co-pays) financing care (providers) must be more willing to work together to solve problems.  This requires compromise, and a long-view.  One of my favorite sayings is, “Pigs go to feed, hogs go to slaughter”; we have too many hogs and not enough pigs. 

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Topics: ACA, Payer Provider Collaboration, Physician Success, Community Based Physicians

The Trump Healthcare Market

Posted by Don McDaniel on Dec 13, 2016 11:10:00 AM

What a more capitalist approach to payment reform could uncover in the new administration

The healthcare industry is facing a new kind of unknown with the incoming Trump administration. As President-elect Trump lays out his plans and makes his appointments for key roles, we’re beginning to get more clarity into what we should be able to expect in the coming months and years in terms of how healthcare policy, regulations, and payments may change. 

At this point, the healthcare future is unpredictable. In general, however, I think there are some things that are going to be increasingly important to the state of the healthcare economy.

Here are the four things I'm most interested in watching over the coming months:

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Topics: payment reform, Affordable Care Act, ACA, healthcare policy

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