Change Agents Offer Bold Rx for Complying with Health Care Reform

Landmark Employer Survey Published in American Journal of Medical Quality

DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group (IOLAG), a cross section of leaders from high-performance hospitals, clinics and accountable care organizations (ACOs), today announced the publication of its landmark employer survey suggesting how U.S. hospitals and physicians can best prepare for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The survey results are summarized in "Necessity Prompts Strategic Adaptation," a 24-page supplement to the January/February 2011 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality (AJMQ). The findings will be shared with national health policy leaders, hospitals, medical groups, organized systems of care and integrated healthcare delivery systems, employers, and strategic business adaptation alliance groups during the Eleventh Annual Population Health and Care Coordination Colloquium, March 14 to 16, 2011 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

"The opinions from the national leadership group can be summarized as a clarion call for commitment to making hard choices that require we abandon the status quo, not just modify it," said David B. Nash, M.D., MBA, AJMQ's editor-in-chief and Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health.

Jason Hwang, M.D., MBA, executive director of healthcare at Innosight Institute, praised the IOLAG document for offering "motivation and guidance to healthcare leaders who wish to challenge longstanding notions of what comprises a healthcare system and how health services can become convenient and affordable enough such that anyone can access them. ACA is only the latest wakeup call to re-examine our healthcare business models. We cannot afford to hit the snooze button again."

Mark Bloomberg, M.D., chief medical officer of HealthNEXT and adjunct lecturer in health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health, believes the key to healthier communities is through the application of population health improvement tools, as well as techniques and best practices that will create ‘neighborhood cultures of health and wellbeing.’ “The IOLAG change agents suggested in their report that hospitals need to integrate their work with local communities to create these cultures of health through strategic adaptation business alliances and determine how best to meet the anticipated increased demand from consumers for their services," he said.

The IOLAG's hospital market sector team leader, James B. Couch, M.D., created a robust set of 17 open-ended questions with the IOLAG's chairman that were used to obtain input from all co-contributors based on their broad and deep experiences. The approach was intended to elicit recommendations on how hospitals and physicians would need to change their fundamental way of doing business to evolve, achieve and thrive in the emerging, value-focused group procurement arrangements and ACO climate created by the ACA.

David N. Gans, vice president of innovation and research for the Medical Group Management Association, noted that the ACA "will forever change patient demographics, demand for professional and ancillary services, payer mix and how hospitals and physicians are paid. It also could be the catalyst that will bring physicians, medical group practices and hospital systems into coherent organizations that coordinate services, improve operating efficiency and provide world-class care to America.”

IOLAG Chairman Les C. Meyer, a seasoned healthcare strategist, said that even prior to the ACA, "there were already multiple, growing challenges to the unfocused, unsafe, unfriendly, inefficient and inequitable business models of healthcare delivery in America. The point is that minding the gap of the quality chasm is essential and crossing the value chasm is imperative."

About the IOLAG

The Informed Opinion Leadership Action Group, LLC's mission is to fill the need for breakthrough ideas from independent healthcare leaders who create meaningful distinctions in the healthcare market and suggest an insightful exchange of information for sound decision making.


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