Last year was a very busy year for the HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG.) In addition to hosting our 31st Annual Forum in our birthplace of Boston, Massachusetts, HCEG hosted two Executive Leadership Roundtables, presented the CIO & CTO Strategy Track at the 16th Annual World Health Care Congress, delivered seven webinars in conjunction with our sponsor partners, published 35 blog posts addressing challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership, and presented at several of our partner’s conferences and events.
Moreover, in 2019 HCEG became an Educational Partner with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and a Collaboration Partner with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS.) For 2020, we have an equally insightful and interesting agenda of live, in-person and virtual events and content in store.
Looking Back at HCEG Events – Live, In-Person & Virtual Healthcare Innovation & Transformation
31st HCEG Annual Forum
Our 2019 Annual Forum marking our 31st annual event since HCEG was founded in 1988 took place in Boston, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the HealthCare Executive Group. Check out this page for the agenda, photos, and some proceedings from the forum. You can also view video interviews of various speakers and attendees here.
In addition, HCEG presented the CIO & CTO Strategy Track at the 16th Annual World Health Care Congress. This track consisted of six separate sessions over two days. See the recap of the WHCC event and the CIO & CTO Strategy track presented by HCEG here.
2020 HCEG Top 10 List & 10th Annual Industry Pulse Survey
The 2020 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers was created by participants of our 31st Annual Forum. This list was then used as the basis for the Industry Pulse research survey sponsored by HCEG and sponsor partner Change Healthcare.
Webinars & Blog Posts Advancing Healthcare Innovation & Transformation
One of the ways we share healthcare information, insight, & ideas is via our Webinar Series Events and blog posts. Our blog posts share insight, information and ideas on items in the HCEG Top 10 list, recaps of webinars and HCEG hosted events, and other information of interest to healthcare industry leaders, innovators, and change-makers.
Check out this blog post for information, insight, & ideas presented in our webinars and blog posts in 2019.
Looking Forward to HCEG Events & Content in 2020
For 2020, the HealthCare Executive Group has a full schedule of live, in-person and virtual events and a full calendar of content throughout the year. In addition to releasing the results of the 10th Annual Industry Pulse research survey conducted in partnership with Change Healthcare next month, we’ll be creating the 2021 HCEG Top 10 list at our 32nd Annual Forum this coming September.
We’re also looking forward to our new Educational Partnership with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and acceptance a Collaboration Partner with the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS.)
32nd HCEG Annual Forum
Our 32nd Annual Forum will be held in Boston, MA on September 21-23, 2020. We’re planning our best forum ever and have some interesting speakers, special events and new information-sharing opportunities planned. Sign up here to receive Annual Forum updates and registration details.
In addition to our Annual Forum, we’re planning to host several Executive Leadership Roundtables at major healthcare industry conferences:
The results of the 10th Annual Industry Pulse survey will be released next month. This important industry survey is based on the 2020 HCEG Top 10 List and offers a deeper dive into the top challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare leadership. Here’s last year’s Industry Pulse report.
Every year, HCEG events – including live, in-person events and virtual events like webinars and blog posts – are driven by items on the current HCEG Top 10 list. In addition, HCEG hosts and presents a Webinar Series Event nearly every month on the 3rd Thursday of the month. And publishes blog posts on a bi-weekly basis. In addition to topics centered on specific events and HCEG Top 10 items, content created and curated by HCEG will be focused on the following themes in each month of 2020:
2019 Recap & 2020 Preview
2020 HCEG Top 10 List
2020 HIMSS Conference
10th Annual Industry Pulse Results
2020 World Health Care Congress
32nd HCEG Annual Forum Agenda
AHIP Institute & Expo 2020
HCEG Top 10 Mid-Year Review
32nd HCEG Annual Forum
2020 HLTH Forum
2021 HCEG Top 10
11th Annual Industry Pulse Survey Opens
2020 HCEG End of Year Recap
Connect with Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
The HealthCare Executive Group (HCEG) offers value to the healthcare industry aimed squarely at its health plan roots – and to forward-thinking, still emerging health systems and ‘value-based providers’ transitioning to ‘risk-bearing providers.’ One of the ways we share healthcare information, insight, & ideas is via our Webinar Series Events and blog posts.
Webinars for Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
In 2019, the HealthCare Executive Group hosted and presented the following webinars:
Social Determinants of Health: A Payer’s Strategic Advantage
Kim Ingram and Harry Merkin of HealthEdge joined healthcare industry veteran Constance Sjoquist to share examples of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) in practice and provide guidance on how healthcare organizations can get started addressing and overcoming challenges organizations face with regards to SDoH. Watch the recording here.
We Can Stop Diseases, But Can We Stop The Fax?
Jeff Sponaugle, CTO of Surescripts was joined by associates Ashley Fifield and Melissa Warnke to review technologies that enhance prescribing and inform care decisions, to get patients the right prescription at the right cost, the first time. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
The Doctor Can’t See You Now: New Ways to Speed Up and Improve Provider On-Boarding
Appian, a leading vendor of low-code application development platforms, shared best practices and tools to automate and standardize provider onboarding while minimizing risk to the revenue cycle and operations. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
Using People, Process & Technology to Grow Your Business
Sal Gentile, CEO of Friday Health Plans, and Dannette Coleman of HealthEdge shared insight on the art and science of people, process and technology to successfully grow their respective health insurance businesses both from the ground up as well as within an established organization. View the recording here.
Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data
Mayur Yermaneni and Marina Brown of eQHealth Solutions discussed why it isn’t the volume of payer data that makes it so valuable – it’s the unique view that payer data offers into member/patient health. View the recording here.
The Pulse of the Healthcare Industry for 2019
HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor and David Gallegos of Change Healthcare reviewed the analysis of the latest Industry Pulse survey and offered insights into the thoughts and opinions of surveyed healthcare leaders exploring how healthcare leaders are preparing for the future. View the recording here and access the presentation deck here.
HCEG’s 2019 Top 10 List & 9th Annual Industry Pulse Report
HCEG’s Executive Director Ferris Taylor and Digital Strategist Steve Sisko share an overview of the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list and how the 9th Annual Industry Pulse Research Survey builds upon specific items of the HCEG Top 10 list. View the recording here.
Popular Blog Posts for Healthcare Industry Executives, Leaders, Innovators & Change-Makers
In 2019, the HealthCare Executive Group published 35 blogs posts that can be accessed here. The following are some of the more popular blog posts:
Many healthcare organizations struggle with credentialing and onboarding healthcare providers quickly. Delays can have a negative ripple effect for patients and physicians alike. Increased wait times lead to canceled appointments, reduced clinician revenue, and customer dissatisfaction. Inaccuracies can result in denied claims and fines. Right now, healthcare organizations need tools for automating and standardizing provider onboarding processes —while minimizing risk to the revenue cycle and operations.
From application processing to new-hire paperwork and credentialing verification, streamlining these tasks, and using robotic process automation and AI to get there, is the future for streamlining provider onboarding processes.
So, unless your provider onboarding processes are effective and efficient, patients may not hear the most sought after phrase at the doctor’s office: “The doctor will see you now!”
The Doctor Can’t See You Now: New Ways to Speed Up and Improve Provider Onboarding Processes
Also in this webinar, Ryan VanDePutte from Bits In Glass and Kirsten Prucha from Luxoft will share best practices and their experience in the healthcare field, as well as how to improve operational effectiveness for other healthcare processes.
You’ll also hear first hand how webinar panelists have worked with healthcare organizations to improve their provider onboarding processes and how these processes helped improve patient and member outcomes. Discover how enhancing your provider onboarding processes can be a key step in the journey toward digitally transforming your enterprise using robotic process automation and AI.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and all webinar registrants will receive a recording of the webinar regardless as to whether they can attend or not. Learn more about the webinar and sign up here.
Appian provides a low-code development platform that accelerates the creation of high-impact business applications. Many of the world’s largest organizations use Appian applications to improve customer experience, achieve operational excellence, and simplify global risk management and compliance. For more information, visit www.appian.com.
People, process, and technology are at the core of every business. And how these three critical components are used to create and deliver a healthcare organization’s products and services ultimately result in company profitability and growth. Indeed, the critical challenges healthcare organizations are facing during these uncertain times involve humans, the processes they must follow, and the mix of entrenched, emerging – and as yet- often unknown technologies supporting an organizations mission and growth.
The Golden Triangle: People, Process, & Technology
Delivering operational efficiency, a key aspect of transforming today’s healthcare organizations requires an approach that optimizes the relationships between people, process & technology; hence the Golden Triangle. Each part of the Golden Triangle is its own science. And each needs to be mastered to effect true transformation and business growth. Ignore the relationship between people, process, and technology at your own risk.
And know that the art, where real value and efficiency are found, is at the intersection of people, process & technology. Like a three-legged stool, each part of the Golden Triangle must be sufficiently developed and aligned as integral components of successful transformation initiatives. Too often, healthcare organizations give short shrift to the people point of the triangle.
Successful Transformation Initiatives: Keys to Success & Challenges
In a study by IBM titled “Making change work…while the work keeps changing,” 1400 participants identified the keys to successful change initiatives and the major challenges to change that organizations must consider as they plan and strategize their business transformation initiatives.
Keys to Successful Change Initiatives at Healthcare Organizations
Honest and Timely Communication
Change Agents to Engage Other Employees
Change Supported by Culture
Efficient Training Programs
Monetary and Non-Monetary Incentives
Adjustment of Performance Measures
An Efficient Organizational Structure
Top Management Sponsorship
Challenges to Change Initiatives at Healthcare Organizations
Changing Mindsets and Attitudes
Shortage of Resources
Lack of Commitment by higher management
Insufficient Change Know-How
Little to no Transparency
Impact on Existing Process
Flexibility and Interoperability of Technology Systems
See this article for more about the keys to successful change initiatives and the major challenges to change that organizations must consider as they transform their organization.
People are Key to Aligning People, Process, & Technology
Famed IBM founder Thomas J Watson shared the following on the importance of NOT ignoring the people component of organizational change initiatives.
“Teach your associates to teach themselves and in a way that you will strengthen the entire organization” – Thomas J Watson (1947)
Additional Insight & Ideas on Leveraging People, Process, & Technology
In today’s uncertain and rapidly changing healthcare environment, healthcare leaders are seeking to enter new geographies, start new lines of business, or even radically transform their traditional way of doing business. To position your healthcare organization for successful growth by optimizing the intersection of people, process, and technology, join us on July 25th for our Webinar Series event: Using People, Process & Technology to Grow Your Business.
Sal Gentile, CEO of Friday Health Plans and our sponsor partner HealthEdge will share how they leveraged the art and science of people, process and technology to successfully grow their respective healthcare organizations both from the ground up as well as within an established organization.
If you’re not sure whether you can attend this HCEG Webinar Series event, go ahead and register and we’ll send you the recording/recap.
If you have any questions about this blog post or want to learn more about the HealthCare Executive Group, please reach out to us at [email protected]. Also, consider following @HCExecGroup on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Healthcare payers are sitting on a lot of data, from eligibility data, to claims data, to data obtained from 3rd parties, to data derived from analytics. It’s no surprise that over the last decade “Data & Analytics” has been a consistent entry on the HealthCare Executive Group’s Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities facing healthcare executives. And currently ranked #1 on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. To help share insight, ideas, and actionable information supporting data and analytics, our sponsor partner EQ Health Solutions presented our June Webinar Series event: Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data.
Chief Strategy & Growth Officer Mayur Yermaneni and Marina Brown, RN BSN, Vice President of Clinical Programs, from eQHealth Solutions shared information and insight on the following four topics:
The current state of the payer market and future considerations
The Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data – the Present Debacle
What tools and technologies will lead to continued payer success?
Top six things to consider when evaluating your healthcare analytics vendor
Highlights from Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data
This blog post presents some highlights from the webinar and provides access to additional information from the webinar. You can also check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets from the webinar. The complete recording of the webinar can be found here. To jump to the specific place in the recording, click on the timestamp range [HH:MM] that accompanies each transcripted section below.
For more information on how EQ Health Solutions can advance your organization’s data and analytics initiatives and programs, contact EQ Health Solutions.
Current State of the Payer Market and Future Considerations
Mayur Yermaneni shared some insight into current data and analytics capabilities of healthcare payers: [7:16]
Some payers are firmly in an average spectrum of recognizing current trends and some and some payers are still in the infancy stages of recognizing the impact of these trends. So, I’m trying to generalize some of these themes so that everybody can actually benefit from it.
Margins are Decreasing
So, across the board, one of the key things, and I guess this is not unique to the payer market itself, is that margins are decreasing. With new regulations coming on board there are more and more cost burden associated with the payer market. Some payers are becoming a financial institution from that standpoint [of increasing regulatory burden.]
You see this a lot more in the bigger payer, payers like Aetna’s acquisitions, United’s acquisitions, WellCare and all these acquisitions that are happening is [intended] to counter their decrease in margins by creating economies of scale that they could benefit by actually saying: “If I can actually acquire another of these entities, then I can create a cross burden rate across these common units and hopefully benefit from the margins play game.”
Nobody wants to show up and in tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal. In the current day and age, there’s an entire team dedicated just so that that payer’s name doesn’t show up on tomorrow’s newspaper. Primarily because with the PHI (Protected Health Information), the abundance of PHI information from all different sources. It’s extremely important to say: “Well how do we protect our data?” Payers have a lot more data than anybody else outside of providers.
And there are two different spectrums of the data set – and both are equally critical from the standpoint of ensuring that data security is a key aspect in your space because today, a 100 record, 500 records, or anything above that threshold you’re going to have to report it. So, data security becomes actual strategy nowadays. How do you make sure that your data security is actually playing to your advantage? And your customers have to be able to trust that and that Trust is what’s going to actually give you – even though that has nothing to do with the actual health plan itself, or the benefits members are receiving, or the card that they are receiving. But they still have to be able to trust that their data is secure.
Showing Value Vital in Provider/Hospital Negotiations [10:17]
Finally, when it comes to providing the value of data, the data set that payers are actually having to wrestle with: how are we showing the value that we are providing to the hospital segment, the provider segment, and the member segment?
But if you look at it, you still have to deal with all the other aspects before you get to the value component: administrative setup, data security, operating margins, and everything.Well, how is that actually happening? Big data. Well, I’m not going to bore everybody with the definition of what big data is but, in a nutshell, in today’s world of Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat it’s all about the volume and speed and the frequency of the data that you’re receiving. And in the payer market, it’s a lot of data. It used to be a monthly fee [to obtain/access data]. Now it’s an API call to an HL7 message which is instantaneous. And the amount of frequency that you’re having to deal with is a lot more than what you had before. And the number of types of data that the payer market is actually having to deal with is a lot more. And even in there, the data can be segregated into a couple of different ways:
The data that’s the primary data sources
The derived data sources that you’re generating as a result of your operation or as a result of some of the analysis that you’re doing on top of it.
So now that’s another big trend that the payer market is having to actually wrestle with.
Social Determinants of Health Data are Increasingly Important
Ferris Taylor [HCEG’s Executive Director] indicated that this [Data & Analytics] was the top topic and social determinants of health were one of the key aspects to it. And that hasn’t changed. What has changed is how that’s being viewed. Instead of being a peripheral data source to actually being a central component to how your operations need to be done from social terms of health standpoint.
Marina Brown, EQHealth’s Vice President of Clinical Programs added:
I was just going to say that I do think that this is really a big one for the industry. Social determinants of health are definitely going to help change the way that we deliver health care. And that’s a very important distinguishment. It’s not going to change the way that we do health care because we treat a diabetic the same but it will change the way that we deliver care simply by helping to better guide the interventions that we’re utilizing to create more meaningful behavior change over time.
Tools and Technologies to Solve the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data
Marina and Mayur shared an overview of the tools and technologies that healthcare payers are using to identify trends, root causes of patient and population-level issues, and transforming healthcare payer’s data and analytics infrastructure.
Another key aspect is artificial intelligence. Now again I don’t want to get into the definitions of artificial intelligence, but the key aspect is, with the advent of big data with the advent of the amount of data you’re having to deal with. It’s not humanly possible for a supervisor or a manager or a management team to be able to simulate all the data and actually say: What am I making use of this data? And how am I going to make use of this data? And what decisions am I making?
So artificial intelligence – or machine learning – and they’re not necessarily synonymous but in some in some aspect they’re synonymous in terms of combining the wealth of data that you’re getting and actually seeing what insights can be derived based on all those data sets; at a much more faster pace and a more timely manner compared to what we would have had to do if we were doing it manually. And there is an element of: how do we use the machine learning algorithms or artificial intelligence approaches to say: Can I do a better prognosis?
Everybody’s aware of [IBM] Watson’s cancer cure approaches to it and Watson has evolved a lot of other stuff. But predominantly in the mainstream the payer market, this hasn’t yet taken off into a full-fledged problem because we’re dealing with not necessarily a literature research but more in the realm of operational research and operational analytics.
Hear more from Mayur and Marina about tools and technologies at [13:09] and [24:53] in the recording.
How can we employ artificial intelligence or machine learning concepts into the operational realm of the payer operation? [14:40]
There are some positive trends. There’s a huge growth of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Their margins continue to increase because it’s a catch-22 situation for MA plans because of the risks. And now MA plans are able to accurately reflect their risk scores. And as a result, their premiums are being reflected the right way – which actually helped them from their margin standpoint because their operations were still on the same aspects of it because in the previous era they were not reporting their risk the right way because they didn’t have all the data gathering up opportunities. But now that they’re able to gather their [data analysis] opportunities, they can predict their risk a lot more accurately, so their premiums are going up. As a result, the margins are getting better and also the operations have stayed the same.
Government Plans Off-Loading Operational Functions to Health Plans
And in the Medicaid managed care space what you’re seeing is a lot more growth in that space for, predominantly, what we could say s for one single reason: most of the state administrative entities are actually trying to off-load the burden onto the plans so that risk is being passed on to the managed care plans and the state entities become the administrative agency. Of course, with that, they’re also holding performance measures as an accountability which is not just about the financial side of it but also the quality side of it because they don’t want to sacrifice the quality of care being rendered to their beneficiaries. But as a result, you’re seeing a lot of growth in the managed care space Medicaid managed care well
What does this mean to me or my organization as a payer? [16:29]
If I actually eliminate all the big terminology, fundamentally there are two simple concepts:
Is our plan performing better than what it was before from a cost standpoint? And with the qualifier added, is the plan performing to a level where the plan can afford too? Because one of which you’re collecting to your risk is what you’re paying out. That’s one of the key foundations. That’s a simple question that you’re going to answer.
And the second aspect of it is:
Are we improving the quality of our plan? And quality can be defined in multiple ways. I think the STAR rating, the HEDIS measures, and all that stuff. But at the end of the day it’s really are you improving quality in terms of outcomes for the members?
And the second point is actually impacting the first point from a long-term standpoint. So, if you’re impacting the quality aspects of it, then you’re able to impact the cost aspect of it as well. But it doesn’t happen every year, it happens over as a strategic view. You have to put that as a strategic view long term view so that on the short run your cost structure might have variances but over a long run, you’re actually improving the trends of that one.
Operational Simplicity and the Health of Your Health Plan[17:54]
But what does that mean in terms of a payer when you think about how you have to think about it?
It comes down to two things: operational efficiency and health of your health plan. How do we make a difference in looking at all the data that we have and actually answer these two business questions; and then tie them back to the simple questions of ‘Am I performing better in terms of cost?’ And ‘Am I improving the cost?’
I think that operationally looking at the data is really going to, as a program administrator, is going to give me insight into things like the following:
What care management programs or medical management programs are most needed for my population?
What programs that I’m currently utilizing are really the most effective ones?
Taking that a step farther as you look into those specific programs that are most effective, you’ll also then be able to look at things like: What are the interventions that are most effective in this population. From a utilization review perspective?
Is my UR working only as a gatekeeper for my health plan or are we actually effectively managing acute episodes and beyond that acute episodes? And then really helping us determine all of this ultimately helps us determine what care intervention strategies do we need to tweak? Which ones do we need to add to our programs to create that meaningful behavior change that increases the health of our membership, increases the quality of the care that’s being provided to that membership, and ultimately reduces the cost?
The Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data – the Present Debacle
Mayur shared some insight into the struggle that many payers have regarding reporting and analytics:[20:03]
In a lot of ways, payers are struggling between: Am I doing reporting or am I doing an analysis? And how am I looking at it? Am I doing the analysis for the sake of reporting or am I doing analysis for the sake of improving or answering the two questions that we started out with?
Is our plan performing better than what it was before from a cost standpoint?
Are we improving the quality of our plan?
And those could be the patient member outcomes, quality standards, STAR ratings, keeping benefits cost down, maintaining the profit margin, improving efficiencies. All of these are questions that every payer is asking.
And the list goes on and on and you guys are actually dealing with a lot more in today’s world. I’m sure every organization has a ton more questions to add to it but, fundamentally, why and how to do it is where the biggest question comes into play because often everybody goes down the path of: ‘Okay, I need to solve this reporting problem so I need to have this kind of technology in place. I need to solve my data analysis problem from a predictive modeling standpoint, so I need to have this technology base.
And as a result, you’re creating more and more silos within the analytic space and not necessarily taking advantage of the full spectrum of the data that you have or creating in its entirety in a holistic view. Because at the end of the day, if the technology analytics is being used for the reporting purposes then you only solve 30% of your problems because the majority of your problems are deriving insights from your data and actually saying how can we make a difference in our operations? How can we make a difference in our outcomes?
Payers have multiple data sources and everything is often viewed as a silo.[23:30]
Healthcare organizations are maturing but fundamentally they’re still struggling with the aspects of:
Am I doing quality analysis?
Am I doing financial analysis?
Am I doing operational analysis?
Or am I doing just reporting for the regulatory agencies?
Payers need to design their operational strategy to leverage all quadrants of dimensions: Quality, Financials, Operations, and Predictive Analytics.
Marrying Clinical Expertise with Data Analytic Capabilities [25:04]
I want to talk briefly about the key components that are going to make a difference. Often what happens is an analyst is asked a question and they actually come back and that data set is then presented to clinical leadership. And then clinical leadership asks a follow-up question and then makes some decisions on top of it. But in reality, what if you change that and involve that clinician up front during the analysis itself, along with the data scientist? So, what we view in the industry is that there’s a lot more benefit if you actually pair the clinicians and the data scientists together up front in the design and analysis phase.
So that 1) you can cut down your cycle crime and 2) you’re asking the questions up front and how to think about your operations. And that’s going to help frame your reporting and analytics problem in a way where you’re getting to a solution much faster.
I think that’s a really important point that you’re making. I think bringing these two teams of people together helps to bring about that important balance and maximize your outputs because your data scientists are experts at identifying the trends and the data. And when that information is presented to the clinicians, they can then help interpret those trends. That’s going to ultimately formulate your adjustments to your operations, your program design, etc. I think that’s a great point.
Pairing Clinicians with Data Scientists Frees Up Time for Patient Engagement
And another aspect to it is, when you’re thinking for clinicians, you’re actually taking away their valuable time working with a member. If you’re asking them to understand what’s happening with the data and go into the exercise and then making the decision to it. But if you pair them up front, you’ve solved the problem and then you’re giving them time to have their team’s focus more on the members then they are focusing on the data itself.
Right. Care teams are so busy trying to make that outreach to the members that having that technology available to them, to be able to guide them to identify trends or issues with that particular member, is going to save time. And it ensures too that all of the important or pertinent trends for that particular member, for that particular population, are being identified. Because at the end of the day, clinicians are just that, clinicians. They’re not data analysts.
Developing a Multi-Dimensional, 360-Degree View of Your Data
Marina and Mayur presented some insight and ideas on how to create a decision-making framework providing a multi-dimensional, 360-degree view for your clinical, operational, administrative, and financial teams.
See [28:15] for more information, insight, and ideas on creating a multi-dimensional, 360-degree view of your clinical, operational, administrative, and financial data.
Top Six Things to Consider When Evaluating Healthcare Analytics Vendors
Here are top six things that you should consider when you think about analytics or in the majority of organization’s how you want to get there.
Intuitive Easy-To-Use Platform
Actionable Real-Time Data Visualization
Acceptance of Data in Any Format
For details on the importance of each of the above considerations for evaluating healthcare analytics vendors, listen in starting at [36:04].
Questions from Webinar Series Attendees
Our organization currently executes minimal analytical formalities, processes, etc and we are at an immature analytical state. Would investing and working with an analytics vendor refute all [our efforts] at this stage in our organization? [44:37]
Mayur: No. You can view it from the standpoint of: if you’re in the early stages of maturity then that would be the perfect time to assess how you want to design your system and what kind of systems you want to have in place. And you may not have to go through the same evolution steps that the entities started out early on. You may actually leapfrog by taking in all that stuff up front itself. So absolutely, even if you don’t have all the data organized in a unified view that’s fine too because you do have data sets. The first steps very well could be how do you get them into the unified view. So I wouldn’t hesitate working with and investing in analytics if you’re in the early stages of maturity because this very well could be an opportunity where you don’t have to redo the some of the things that you might have done if you’re already in further stages.
Our organization prides itself on taking the best care of our patients. Can you give us examples of how using an analytics vendor can improve our patient outcomes vs. just us monitoring it internally?[46:03]
Marina responded to this question with an interesting story about how EQ health identified and assisted high-utilization, low literacy, diabetic patients in the Mississippi Delta. Listen at [46:22] as to how EQHealth made life easier for patients and improved their health, all while reducing emergency room visits and inpatient admissions.
My team is discussing the decision to build an analytics platform internally or buy and outsource it with a vendor. Do you have any insight into what is more successful and pros and cons? [50:50]
Mayur: I don’t think there is a right answer or wrong answer. It really centers on your strategy. Are you trying to make that as your core competency or are you wanting to retain your core competency to manage plan operations but want to have the benefit of the analytics and the analytics platform; then at that point you should outsource. But if you’re wanting to make analytics your core competency, then you need to have that in-house. But when you do decide to make it in-house, you still need to… hear the rest of Mayur’s answer at[51:08]
Listen to more questions and answers from Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data here.
In addition to connecting with us on Twitter and LinkedIn and subscribing to our eNewsletter, consider joining other healthcare executives and industry thought leaders at our 2019 Annual Forum in Boston, MA on September 9-11, 2019. In addition to the always insightful, information-packed sessions and networking opportunities our annual forum offers, we’re including two special networking events on Monday, September 9th:
Tour of the IBM Watson Research Facility in the morning
Red Sox vs. Yankees Baseball Game at Fenway Park in the evening
If analytics is the machine powering your digital transformation initiatives, then data is the power making that digital transformation machine run. The importance of data and analytics has been identified by our members in each of the last ten years HCEG’s Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities have been created. For 2019, “Data & Analytics” is ranked #1 on the HCEG Top 10. It’s clear that healthcare leaders believe that data is a catalyst to accelerate meaningful change. And that the use of analytics – particularly prescriptive analytics – is a fundamental strategy for succeeding in a new era of healthcare.
Mountains of Data Waiting to Power Your Healthcare Analytics Machine
Good analytics begins with good data and healthcare organizations are sitting on a mountain of data. According to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the typical regional payer processes $8 billion in claims each year with each claim providing its own set of unique data points – largely financial and administrative. But healthcare payers are increasingly collecting, matching, and using clinical data to provide richer, more comprehensive insight on their members.
Given the proliferation of Electronic Health Records (EHR) incented by CMS’s Meaningful Use program, it’s no surprise that more and more data is being pulled from EHR’s. And risk-sharing agreements between payers and providers has resulted in health plans sharing more claims data with their provider partners. In fact, the current Industry Pulse report indicates that EHR data is one of the top two primary sources of clinical data with 30% of health plans reporting they utilize EHR data.
Other sources of clinical data that organizations are using to complement their claims data include ancillary data such as pharmacy, lab, and imaging (17%) and real-time admission, discharge, and transfer notifications (10%)
These enhanced data sources are becoming more and more useful due to the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
New research from Dimensional Insight identifies care quality measures and finance as two top use cases for healthcare organization usage of analytics today. Additional use cases for leveraging data by analytics include
Addressing Social Determinants of Health (#3 on the 2019 HCEG Top 10)
Value-based Care and Alternative Payment Models (#4 on the 2019 HCEG Top 10)
Improving Patient Engagement and Satisfaction
Patient Outcomes Improvement
Analytics Budgets are Increasing for Healthcare Organizations
Additionally, the report finds that 89% of healthcare executives plan to use predictive analytics over the next five years. It’s clear that healthcare payers and health systems have a keen focus on leveraging the massive amounts of data they possess. These data serve to reveal trends, patterns, and insights to help ensure their success going forward.
Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data
i.e. Lining Up All Your Data to Rapidly and Accurately Gain Unique Insights
For insight into how your healthcare organization’s data can be used to improve health outcomes and reduce costs, join our next Webinar Series Event on June 6th at 2:00 PM EDT / 11:00 AM PDT. Our sponsor partner eQHealth Solutions presents “Solving the Rubik’s Cube of Payer Data.”In this complimentary webinar, you will learn how to aggregate and parse provider data, how you can use data captured outside of your own system, and other practical solutions to use your data to create knowledge for actionable use and outcomes. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and all registrants will receive a copy of the presentation afterward.
The trend toward Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health products and services is driving what healthcare providers, health systems and health plans are offering – or are planning to offer – individuals participating in the U.S. healthcare market. Whether covered by employer-subsidized insurance, government programs like Medicaid or Medicare, the individual commercial market, any other type of coverage or even not covered and paying for your healthcare with cash, healthcare consumerism and leveraging digital health products and services to decrease costs and improve outcomes are two important movements that can’t be ignored.
‘Indeed, Total Consumer Health and The Digital Healthcare Organization are both ranked in the top five items on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list of challenges, issues, and opportunities:
#2: Total Consumer Health: Improving members’ overall medical, social, financial, and environmental well-being.
#5: The Digital Healthcare Organization: Health Savings Accounts, member and provider portals, member and patient health literacy, cost transparency, digital payment capabilities, CRM, wearables and other patient-generated data, health monitoring, and omnichannel information distribution and transaction access.
“Healthcare Consumer-centric companies accounted for 60 percent of the funding in Q3 2018, raising $1.9 billion in 111 deals compared to $1.7 billion in 138 deals in Q2 2018”
The HCEG Top 10 Challenges, Issues & Opportunities Over the Years
Over the 10 year period in which the HCEG Top 10 list has been published, ‘Healthcare Consumerism’ or a closely aligned similar category has been ranked on the HCEG Top 10 list a total of eight times. And ‘Digital Health’ has also ranked among the HCEG Top 10 challenges, issues and opportunities eight times. Only ‘Payment Reform’ and ‘Big Data & Analytics’ have been listed on the annual HCEG Top 10 list more frequently.
It should be no surprise to most people that healthcare consumerism has long been a top challenge, issue, or opportunity for healthcare organizations of all types. The rise of several factors have been identified by industry experts and trade media as the primary reasons for the growth if consumerism in the healthcare industry:
High-Deductible Health Plans
Employers Shifting Costs from to Employees
Rapidly Increasing Healthcare Costs
And while traditionally a laggard in the adoption of digital technologies, healthcare organizations are not immune to the need to digitally transform themselves. Ignoring the need to adopt digital health technologies can only result in serious disruption, or even extinction, of healthcare organizations both large and small.
Comments on Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health from HCEG Top 10 Survey Respondents
The executives and industry thought leaders participating in defining the 2019 HCEG Top 10 list at our recent 2018 Annual Forum in Minneapolis, MN included notes and commentary on the specific challenges, issues, and opportunities listed in the survey worksheet. The following are some of those comments related to healthcare consumerism and digital health:
“Data & Analytics (ranked #1) are table stakes to any consumer-focused products and services. And foundational to all Digital Health initiatives.”
“Population Health (ranked #3) could be considered ‘Total Consumer Health’”
Note: A number of participants expressed opinions that “Population Health” and “Total Consumer Health” could be considered the same thing. After some discussion, everyone agreed that Population Health should be considered as population-centric as opposed to person-centered.
“Social determinants of health have a huge impact on health outcome but as a health system we lack the ability to control/impact these barriers.”
“Connecting with our members on a frequent basis is very challenging. We struggle with identifying and delivering the right message at the right time.”
“Different departments have their own goals and objectives and these often create a disjointed member experience.”
“We must move from deploying largely unconnected tactical approaches to a more holistic, coordinated customer experience strategy.”
“It’s not always clear to us what matters to individual patients and how we can measure those things.”
How to Learn More About Healthcare Consumerism & Digital Health
The HCEG Top 10 list drives the content HCEG creates and delivers to its members and associates via blog posts like this, our Webinar Series Events and our Executive Leadership Forums. Accordingly, we’re pleased to share several complimentary opportunities to learn more about opportunities for healthcare organizations to meet the needs of increasingly educated and proactive healthcare consumers AND how specific digital health products and services are supporting the creation, delivery, and consumption of medical and non-medical services and products that improve health outcomes.
Webinar Series Event: The New Engaged Digital Consumer
What Digital Healthcare Organizations Must Do to Survive and Thrive
On Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET, our sponsor partner HealthEdge will present a webinar that provides information from recent market studies and specific examples illustrating how engaged digital consumers regard the services provided by health insurers.
Attendees will learn:
The top organizational priorities health insurance executives are currently facing
Key challenges and solutions that enable health insurers to address these organizational priorities
The most important expectations that members have of their health insurer
How trust levels between members and health insurance organizations are being addressed by new disruptive entities entering healthcare
If you can’t make it, go ahead and register and we’ll send you the recording and slides after the event!
AHIP-ELR: Total Consumer Health & The Digital Healthcare Organization
On Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 1:00 pm CT/2:00 pm ET, we’re hosting a special Executive Leadership Roundtable immediately after the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum convenes at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. Lunch will be provided at no charge and the following topics will be presented and discussed by several healthcare industry leaders:
How competition from new entrants, cost containment pressures associated with value-based care programs, health/entitlement reforms, and technological innovations may impact ‘healthcare consumerism’
Approaches for turning passive health plan members and health system patients into active healthcare consumers
Catalysts for healthcare consumerism change: employer groups demanding better value and trend of health plan members and individuals directly engaging with plans and providers
How value-based relationships demand that healthcare organizations engage with their members and patients
Which tools and services healthcare organization can use to enhance member/patient engagement
Our executive leadership roundtable event is complimentary but registration is required (so we can make sure everyone gets lunch).
Also, you can receive a discount off registration to the 2018 AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum by using “HCEG” when you register here.
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More Insight on the 2019 HCEG Top 10 Items Coming Soon!
As 2018 winds down and 2019 takes off, the HealthCare Executive Group will continue to create, curate and promote content and events addressing each of the items on our 2019 HCEG Top 10 list. We’ll be presenting numerous webinars, hosting Executive Leadership Roundtables in conjunction with popular healthcare conference events, and – of course – holding our popular Annual Forum. The 31st HCEG Annual Forum will take place in Boston, MA in September 2019. Stay tuned for more information!
Consider joining our unique organization of healthcare executives and thought leaders today. See this page for more information and/or reach out to us here.
Completing a successful core-system replacement project at a health plan or health system organization is a major undertaking. And successfully delivering a multi-million dollar digital transformation project is significantly enhanced by establishing a framework based on proven principles.
Framework for Successful Core-System Replacement Project
Last week, our sponsor partner Change Healthcare shared valuable insight in a webinar titled ‘The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project.’ Jeanne Noe PMP, Director of Consulting Services and Mauricio ‘MJ’ Jimenez, Sr Manager of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare, shared information, insight and practical ideas on how to establish a framework for successful core-system implementation. This framework for a successful core-system replacement project is based on four pillars: 1-Implementation Readiness, 2-Governance, 3-Business Transformation and 4-Execution Framework.
This blog post recaps highlights and detailed content from the ‘Core-System Replacement Project’ webinar presented by Change Healthcare on August 2nd, 2018. Included is a recording of the webinar, the presentation slide deck, and additional information on establishing a framework for successful core system implementation. You can also check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets shared during the webinar.
Information, Insight & Actionable Ideas for Successful Core-System Implementation
After introductions by HCEG Executive Director Ferris Taylor, Jeanne Noe kicked off the webinar by sharing that the most important indicator of success in a Core-System Replacement project is a strong project foundation. Jeanne emphasized the importance of building a foundation on the Four Pillars of Success before the project progresses – not as you go along.
Why, How, What, Who & When of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project
The presentation from Change Healthcare was packed with information, actionable ideas and insight collected over the course of performing dozens of core-systems replacement projects for major healthcare payers and other risk-bearing entities.
Starting with the Taxonomy of Why, the importance of clearly defining – and widely sharing – the Strategic Vision, Business Goals, and Objectives were shared. Jeanne noted that explaining why a legacy system is being replaced is a key way to help all project team members achieve project objectives. Yet few healthcare organizations widely communicate the reasons for major initiatives like a core-system replacement project.
Jeanne went on to provide more details and commentary on the How, What, Who & When of a core-system replacement project. Since there’s simply too much information to share about the how, what, who and when in this recap, see the slides listed in the presentation deck for more. Better yet, watch the recording of The Four Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project here.
Roles Matters – Clearly Defined & Accountable
One of the most valuable bits of insight shared by Change Healthcare’s Jeanne Noe was that too many healthcare organizations make the very common mistake of not clearly defining roles, responsibilities and decision-making authority. Before the project starts – and periodically throughout the projects as objectives change and project resources come and go.
Clearly defining roles, responsibilities and decision-making authority seems obvious but is simply often not addressed.
Key Governance Components of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project
Change Healthcare presented two important actions healthcare executives sponsoring core-systems replacement projects MUST address at the start:
Establish a single point of accountability and expertise
Clearly identify decision makers and specialists for issue resolution
Risks, Actions, Issues, and Decisions – It’s a RAID!
Somewhat similar to the widely known RACI (Responsible-Accountable-Consulted-Informed) approach for managing large projects like core-systems replacement projects, Change Healthcare’s Core-System Implementation Framework uses the RAID framework to report, track, resolve and document project items.
As opposed to the somewhat passive activities defined via the popular RACI approach, Change Healthcare’s RAID approach to governing major projects emphasizes the importance of actions and rapid decision making within a framework of issue identification and risk management.
Business Transformation & Core-Systems Replacement Projects
Mauricio ‘MJ’ Jimenez, Sr Manager of Consulting Services at Change Healthcare continued the second half of the webinar by sharing information, insight, ideas, and tips on the 3rd and 4th Pillars of a Successful Core-System Replacement Project: Business Transformation and Execution Framework.
MJ emphasized that replacing your core-system is a business transformation, not an IT project or initiative. MJ offered the following as some key considerations to effect a true business transformation:
Assign senior resources to serve as ambassador to the rest of the organization.
Neglecting employees affected by the transformation will guarantee resistance to change.
Relevant content is key and its delivery is enabled through Role-Based Training
When meetings grow in number of participants, it is often a reflection of poor communication.
Execution Framework – The Most Critical of the Four Pillars
Core-system and other major projects undertaken by healthcare organizations will be for naught without a well-designed Execution Framework. Change Healthcare’s MJ Jimenez shared some key experiences, insights, and ideas on how to establish an effective Execution Framework. And offered ideas for executing brilliantly.
The key components of the Execution Framework described include the following:
Systems Integration Plan
Summarizing the Webinar
Jeanne Noe shared the following slide at the end of the webinar.As noted before, the information, insight, and ideas presented by Change Healthcare are too numerous to recap here. To learn more about what was shared during the webinar, check out the recording of the webinar, the presentation slide deck, and additional information on establishing a framework for successful core system implementation. Also, check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets from the webinar.
More Insight & Opportunity for HealthCare Executives
The information shared by the HealthCare Executive Group in its Webinar Series events are one example of services we’re pleased to offer our members and associates. In addition to connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and subscribing to our eNewsletter, consider joining other healthcare executives and industry thought leaders at the HealthCare Executive Group’s 2018 Annual Forum on September 12-14th, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. We’ll be celebrating our 30th Anniversary helping healthcare leaders navigate the strategic and tactical issues facing their organizations.
Check out this page for more information on our 2018 Annual Forum.
HealthCare Executive Group convenes and supports healthcare executives and thought leaders by providing a platform supporting the creation, curation and sharing of information and insight on current opportunities, challenges and issues in the healthcare industry.
It’s our 30th Anniversary and the HealthCare Executive Group has been in overdrive during the first half of 2018. We held an Executive Leadership Roundtable at the recent HLTH Future of Healthcare Forum, we worked with our sponsor partners to share insight via our ongoing HCEG Webinar Series, we’ve attended a handful of major healthcare industry conferences in support of our members and sponsor partners, and we continue to leverage our social channels to help address the issues, challenges and opportunities facing today’s healthcare executive leader.
We’ve also been preparing for our 2018 Annual Forum taking place September 12th through the 14th in Minneapolis, MN – recruiting industry thought leaders and fleshing out an agenda that promises to share valuable information, insight and networking opportunities. Finally, we’re wrapping up the first half of our 30th Anniversary year by attending the 2018 AHIP Institute & Expo where we’ll support our members and sponsor partners – and gather additional insight to make our 2018 Annual Forum all the more valuable.
Major Healthcare Conferences of 2018
HCEG members and sponsor partners participated in many of the major healthcare conferences taking place in the first part of the year including the:
HCEG members and sponsor partners will be participating in more conferences as the year continues, including, our course, hosting the 2018 HCEG Annual Forum celebrating our 30th Year convening and supporting healthcare executives and thought leaders.
Read on for more about HCEG Members and Sponsor Partners at the AHIP Institute.
HCEG Webinars Offer an Opportunity to Learn from Sponsor Partners
In the first few months of 2018, HCEG and our sponsor partners produced webinars addressing a variety of topics such as Value-based Payment, Post-Acute Care in Medicare Advantage and a deeper dive into the 2018 HCEG Top 10. For more information on these webinars including a recap and recording, check out the following:
HCEG is also working with other sponsor partners on additional webinars planned for the 4th quarter of 2018 after the Annual Forum.
Consider subscribing to our eNewsletter to be kept abreast of these webinars and other information and events of value to healthcare executives and thought leaders.
Preliminary Agenda and Keynote Speakers for HCEG’s 30th Anniversary Annual Forum
We’re pleased to share the preliminary agenda and announce that Andy Slavitt, former Acting CMS Administrator and current leader of Town Hall Ventures, and Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, NY Times bestselling author and principle at the Blue Zones Project will be providing keynote addresses at our 2018 Annual Forum in Minneapolis, MN on September 12 – 14, 2018.
The following represents the current agenda which is being fleshed out and evolving on a weekly basis. We’re also identifying and recruiting more speakers and panelists, and planning enjoyable networking events intended to make our 2018 Annual Forum our best forum ever. If you or someone you know would like to be considered to speak or serve as a panelist at our forum, please use this form.
To learn more and to get an idea about what the HCEG Annual Forum is all about…
HCEG Members and Sponsor Partners at AHIP Institute & Expo
The 2018 AHIP Institute & Expo takes place next week, June 20th through the 22nd in San Diego, CA and HCEG members and sponsor partners will be participating, speaking and exhibiting.
If you’re attending the AHIP Institute, be sure to meet our sponsor partners. Some of our sponsor partners are exhibiting, some are presenting, and some are attending. ALL of our sponsor partners can help your healthcare organization transform itself in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare environment.
Also not to be missed are sponsor partners CareCentrix and Change Healthcare offering refreshments and a Lunch & Learn session.
The HealthCare Executive Group has limited general sponsorship opportunities available to companies interested in supporting our members on a consultative, partnership basis. For more information, contact Juliana Ruiz.
Harry Merkin, VP of Marketing at HealthEdge and Dave Mika VP of Enterprise Core System Operations at Independent Health shared insight and real world experience on how health plans and their provider networks can transition from traditional fee for service (FFS) to value-based payment (VBP).
This blog post recaps highlights of the webinar and provides access to additional information from the webinar. A recording of the webinar can be found here. You can also check out this Twitter Moment summarizing live Tweets from the webinar.
Value-Based Payment Began in the Late 1990’s
In the late 1990’s, capitation models began paving the way for change from traditional FFS payment models to models focused on helping establish effective, cost-efficient practice models. In the last few years, value-based payments have become the latest and greatest models for reimbursement of care. The importance of value-based payments is supported by HealthCare Executive Group members ranking Value-Based Payment as #3 on the 2018 HCEG Top 10 list.
Moreover, recent statements by current and former HHS officials have supported the need for value-based payment:
“There is no turning back to an unsustainable system that pays for procedures rather than value”, and the transition “needs to accelerate dramatically.” – Alex Azar, Secretary of HHS, 3/5/18 at the Federation of American Hospitals’ conference
“I highly encourage health care leaders to listen intently to his full remarks. The transition to value is moving forward; if you aren’t already preparing for it, it is time to get on-board.“ – Michael Levitt, former governor of Utah and former HHS Secretary
Value-Based Payment Can Lower Costs and Improve Outcomes
Harry Merkin shared the results of a November 2017 Humana study showing that VBP programs achieve meaningful gains in cost and quality vs. traditional FFS methods with total healthcare costs associated with VBC plans 15% lower than care costs of FFS plans. And a more recent survey by the Healthcare Financial Management Association revealed that 70% of healthcare organizations participating in VBP programs have achieved positive results.
Value-based Payment Must Address the Quadruple Aim
Independent Health’s Dave Mika shared real-world insight into the experience his organization has witnessed. A key focus raised by Dave is that health plans looking to implement or extend value-based payment programs must address the four pillars of the Quadruple Aim:
Enhancing patient experience
Improving population health
Improving the work life of health care providers
Questions from Webinar Participants About Value-Based Payment
HCEG webinar series events always include the opportunity for questions from participants and this webinar was no exception. Two of many questions included the following short, paraphrased responses by Dave Mika – and other questions can be obtained from the webinar recording:
What is the key to gaining alignment with PCP’s?
Answer: Actively reaching out to and collaborating with key stakeholders in the local community.
What data has proven to be most useful to the provider network?
Answer: Information on patient gaps in care– ideally provided at the point of care in the physician’s workflow – can be very effective in improving value.
And More on How to Get There from Here…
In addition to the above, the webinar addressed the following considerations for transitioning from traditional FFS programs to VBP programs:
Aligning delivery and reimbursement models with high-performing providers
Tools for members to self-manage and self-navigate the care delivery system
Technology support including web and digital capabilities
The move to value-based reimbursement appears inevitable, and only those health plans and providers that begin to transition and adapt today will be successful in the future. Change doesn’t happen overnight. To learn more about how making the transition from FFS to VBP, check out the webinar recording, consider contacting HealthEdge for more information and keep in touch with the HealthCare Executive Group by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and subscribing to our newsletter.