Senator Alexander, Please Play the Right Tune
Jun13

Senator Alexander, Please Play the Right Tune

Hours before James Comey appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, David Leonhardt issued a warning in an editorial in the New York Times entitled “Uh oh, Health Care Edition.”   James Comey’s testimony today will reveal President Trump’s blatant disregard for the rule of law…I realize it will be hard to pay attention to any other political story this week, but I urge you to find the extra attention span, because...

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Where We Should Focus
Apr18

Where We Should Focus

In a recent essay Michael Dowling, the CEO of Northwell, the massive health system with 21 hospitals in metropolitan New York and Long Island, points out that the most frustrating aspect of the current healthcare debate is that “it is ideological and not practical.” He describes the debate as “…contentious, tumultuous and exhausting to keep up with.” These comments set the stage for his central contention that through it all and...

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The Search For a Better Future State
Apr04

The Search For a Better Future State

The failure of the president and House Republicans to launch a credible process to “repeal and replace” the ACA creates a moment of opportunity for those who would like to contribute to the search for a better future state for healthcare. The challenge of providing affordable, quality care to all Americans has flummoxed politicians, healthcare policy experts, clinicians, healthcare administrators, insurance executives, employers, and...

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Repeal and Replace and the Angst of “The Loyal Opposition”
Jan17

Repeal and Replace and the Angst of “The Loyal Opposition”

Readers of these postings are familiar with my use of the term VUCA, an acronym that is derived from the realization that we live in a world that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. I have asserted before that our state of uncertainty about the future of healthcare in the era of repeal and replace complies with the spirit of VUCA. VUCA is a strategic concept. Since the term was introduced to strategic thinkers in the mid...

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Thinking About ACOs Again For the First Time
Jan10

Thinking About ACOs Again For the First Time

I am proud to be a member of Whittier Street Health Centers Foundation Board and was delighted when our very able CEO, Frederica Williams, recently asked me to talk to the organization about ACOs at their Grand Rounds. Whittier Street is an exceptional example of a practice that will be sorely tested by the chaos that Jonathan Oberlander describes in his “Perspective” article, “The End of Obamacare”, in the January 5, 2017 issue of...

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do
Jan03

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Are you wondering what you and your practice or hospital should be doing while living in the ambiguity of “repeal and replace?” Focus on getting better. That is the short answer. With or without the ACA the challenge to create  Care better than we’ve seen, health better than we’ve ever known, cost we can afford,…for every person, every time…in settings that support caregiver wellness  …does not go away. The Triple Aim long...

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