Expert Panel Discussion: Health Care Reform:
How Community Hospitals Thrive in an Environment of Rapid Change
Brought to you by H&HN and McKesson
The U.S. health care delivery system is on the verge of reform. Reimbursement and care delivery models are poised for significant overhaul with the goal of improving the quality, safety and efficiency of care. This online executive dialogue explores how organizations are preparing for changes under health care reform, meaningful use requirements and ICD-10, among other things. Expert CIOs share their strategies for thriving in an environment of rapid change.
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Chief Information Officer
Saint Luke's Health System
Kansas City, Missouri
McKesson Provider Technologies
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chief Financial Officer
Lakeside Health System
Brockport, New York
Director of Information Systems
Twin County Regional Hospital
President and CEO
Information Technology Manager
Marengo (Iowa) Memorial Hospital
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Question 1How are you working with your administration and board to help them understand the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and health care reform on your organization?
Question 2Physician-hospital alignment is more critical than ever. What steps are you taking to improve hospital-physician alignment? What are you doing to attract and retain physicians? How is IT used as a recruitment and retention tool?
Question 3What steps are you taking to prepare for ICD-10?
Question 4Have any of your organizations developed a steering committee for ICD-10 implementation? If so who's involved?
Question 5What challenges do independent hospitals face vs. integrated delivery networks under health care reform?
Question 6Have you changed your staffing model/approach in response to financial and regulatory pressures? If so, how?
Question 7How is your strategic plan addressing and preparing for meaningful use requirements? What are your reactions to the meaningful use regulations as proposed? Are there any special concerns for community hospitals?
Question 8How are you preparing for changes in payment reform? What challenges do you foresee? How do you view the role of accountable care organizations in the future delivery system?
Question 9Jamie, you mentioned the multiple challenges that hospitals and health systems face in terms of ICD-10 implementation, meaningful use, etc. What challenges do these present in terms of prioritizing IT projects? How do you create balance in light of the impending changes?