Moving Intelligent Change Forward
December, 2017 Vol. 1 - In This Issue:
Innovation requires that rare alchemy of leadership, partnership, ownership and inclusion. Most challenges in healthcare require the same: defining and applying value calculations to health delivery and payment, combating antibiotic resistance, stopping the epidemic of substance use to name a few. Read about some true leaders and the work we still need to do (especially in engaging patients).

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up

They seem like odd couples: Aetna, one of the nation's largest health insurers, is in talks to combine with CVS Health, which manages pharmacy benefits. The Cleveland Clinic, a highly regarded health system, joined forces with an insurance start-up, Oscar Health, to offer individuals a health plan in Ohio.  
Industry advocates offer checklist to improve value-based payment models

CMS recently requested feedback on its efforts to promote value-based care. Advocacy groups have some concrete recommendations as the agency juggles various stakeholders' priorities.  CMS Administrator Seema Verma's announcement soliciting feedback on value-based payment models  raised alarms  among some lawmakers who were concerned the move represented a front for undermining Medicare.  
You Say You Want A (Health Care) Revolution? Create The Health System You Want To Work In

As a child of the 1960s, I'm no stranger to revolutions. Along with many others, I advocated for civil rights and women's empowerment, and waged the War on Poverty. We endeavored to make the world more compassionate and equitable-something that every generation has the opportunity, and, I believe, the responsibility, to do.      
doctor_patient.jpg Patients, physicians and employers all have a different definition of healthcare value, survey finds
Patients, physicians and employers have very different perspectives on what drives value in healthcare, according to a new survey.   University of Utah Health commissioned a national survey of 5,031 patients, 687 doctors and 538 employers to determine how each views the healthcare experience.

More patients share decision-making, but gaps remain

Patients say health care providers increasingly engage them in decision-making, but more than 30% of patients responding to the survey said their provider did not always listen well, and more than 40% were dissatisfied with the amount of time their health care provider spent with them. 
US, European and Japanese regulators hope to ease path of new antibiotics

The US FDA, European Medicines Agency and the Japanese Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency are working on a way to allow drugmakers to conduct a single development plan for antibiotics that will be accepted by all three agencies. 
Kaiser Permanente achieves 22% reduction in antibiotic use with EHR alerts

Digital alerts helped physicians at 126 Kaiser Permanente locations in Southern California reduce antibiotic prescriptions for sinusitis, according to a study published in The American Journal of Managed Care
Should opioid addiction be considered a hospital-acquired condition?

Some medical experts and healthcare administrators are making the case that if an individual's addiction to opioids is directly rooted in hospital-based care, the hospital should be penalized, according to a recent report from NPR
Passion + Quality = Change That Matters
I embrace the powerful opportunities in our evolving health care landscape. I founded Momentum Health Strategies to be a catalyst for change through continuous learning, diverse engagement and thoughtful policy and practice initiatives. I deliver innovative, strategic thinking and a passion for improving the patient experience. My personal drive and dedication to high-quality results will help you navigate the competitive terrain you face and convert your vision to action.

Momentum Health Strategies

Jennifer L Bright, MPA
(703) 628 - 0534