Healthcare Leaders Identify Top 10 Opportunities, Challenges & Issues at HCEG Annual Forum in Nashville

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Certain healthcare organizations at the forefront of healthcare research and thought leadership have an information product they’re known for:

Gartner has its Magic Quadrant and Hype Cycle rankings

KLAS Research has its Best in KLAS reports

Forrester has its Forrester Wave

Chilmark Research has its Market Trends Reports.

And the Healthcare Executive Group has the HCEG Top 10 List.

To be sure, the Healthcare Executive Group (HCEG) isn’t on the same plane as these healthcare research firms listed above. The Healthcare Executive Group doesn’t have sales people balancing objective analysis with the need to generate revenue to keep the doors open. HCEG is a relatively small (by design), membership-based organization of mid-market healthcare executives in a national network who gather together physically and virtually throughout the year to learn from each other as they navigate the strategic and tactical issues facing they face as health plan and health system leaders. The concept is really quite simple and powerful:

HCEG’s mission is to promote healthcare innovation, to provide innovative knowledge support and to help sustain the development of life-long relationships through real-life and virtual relationships.

For almost 30 years, the Healthcare Executive Group has served as a channel for the open exchange of ideas, providing content, channels and opportunities for collaboration, and ongoing support for transformational dialogue among its members. The HCEG Top 10 List helps focus and drive this content development, member dialogue and knowledge exchange.

What’s the HCEG Top 10 List?

While each HCEG member and the healthcare organizations they represent are unique, all face common opportunities, issues and challenges. Technology, healthcare reform initiatives and innovation opportunities are moving quickly. The longevity of our member companies and our members own livelihood depends on their ability to identify and sufficiently address opportunities, issues and challenges; as they are presented; and as quickly as possible.

The HCEG Top 10 represents the top 10 opportunities, issues and challenges that HCEG members – health plan and health system executives at the forefront of healthcare reform – collectively identify as the most important and urgent to address over the following year. Our members consider the Top 10 items as having significant and lasting impact in the way health plan members, healthcare consumers and patients all become engaged, digital consumers and responsible healthcare stakeholders.

How is the HCEG Top 10 List Developed?

About two months in advance of HCEG’s Annual Forum, an initial list of approximately 25-30 opportunities, challenges and issues are identified by HCEG members via a survey process.

Then a set of questions intended to refine and clarify each of the 25 – 30 items are defined. These questions are intended to help members better understand each item and encourage well-measured responses. To the greatest degree possible, the questions for each topic are designed to elicit discrete, standardized responses; common industry terminology and pick lists of potential responses are used wherever possible.

These topics and their supporting questions are then entered into a survey tool and shared with all HCEG members. At the HCEG Annual Forum, members review and discuss each topic and associated questions. A series of rankings take place to winnow the list down to the Top 10 items. Members have the opportunity to question each item, each other and to rank each item publically or privately. At the end of the second day of the Annual Forum, the new Top 10 List is formally defined and shared with all forum participants and other HCEG members who may not be in attendance at the Annual Forum.

How is the HCEG Top 10 List used?

The HCEG Top 10 List is used for two general purposes, each of which are intended to address the so-called Triple Aim of Healthcare.

1. Content Development & Programming

The HCEG Top 10 list serves as the basis for HCEG’s ongoing content development and educational programming opportunities throughout the year. Each of the Top 10 items is explored at various levels of depth and breadth throughout the year and delivered to HCEG members via various mechanisms and channels including:

2. Development of The Industry Pulse

In addition to guiding the overall thought-leadership, content development, and knowledge exchange initiatives throughout the year, HCEG’s Top 10 Priorities, Issues & Challenges list serves as the basis for The Industry Pulse– a national, industry-wide survey where healthcare leaders across the nation are invited to participate in additional research to backdrop and contrast their perspectives against the items on the Top 10 list.

The Industry Pulse research survey is designed to gather additional insight on priorities and challenges facing healthcare industry constituents across the country and provide stakeholders across the healthcare spectrum real-world, actionable insight into near term obstacles and opportunities. Combined, the HCEG Top 10 list and The Industry Pulse encourage continuous and evolving dialog on the main issues and concerns facing member organizations.

The 2018 HCEG Top 10 List

Our 2017 Annual Forum will be held on September 18 – 20th in Nashville, TN at the Thompson Hotel and the 2018 HCEG Top 10 list will be developed during this three day forum. Developing the latest HCEG Top 10 List is an exciting part of our Annual Forum and we expect lively and thought-provoking discussion experienced in previous forums.

For more information on the Annual Forum including how to register and be a part of defining the 2018 HCEG Top 10 List, see this page.

For more information on HCEG and to learn what ends up on the 2018 HCEG Top 10 list, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on our social channels: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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The Future of the State Exchanges: Post Election

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Ferris W. Taylor, HealthCare Executive Group Office of the Chair and Past COO, Arches Health Plan presented “The Future of the State Exchanges: Post Election” at a special pre-conference event of the 2017 American Association of Payers, Administrators & Networks (AAPAN) Annual Forum in Tuscon, AZ on January 28th, 2017.

In his presentation – which can be found here – Ferris shared his real-world experience and perspective on state-based health insurance exchanges and how exchanges in particular and the ACA in general may be impacted in the coming months and years. Ferris admitted that he needed to look into his crystal ball for ‘assistance’ on a few of his thoughts. Some highlights from the presentation and ensuing discussions with forum attendees include:

  1. The ‘Affordable Care Act’ could also have been titled the ‘Accessible Care Act’

Access alone is not enough. The Triple Aim dictates that Access, Cost and Quality must be simultaneously addressed in order for true healthcare reform to be achieved.

  1. State-based Exchanges are better positioned than others

States that implemented their own exchanges are better positioned to respond to any reform approach ultimately decided by the Administration and Congress.

  1. Confidence in the Public Exchange has been falling dramatically year over year

Ferris shared some preliminary results from The Industry Pulse, an annual research survey hosted by Change Healthcare that is based on HCEG’s yearly Top 10 list, and pointed out that the three exchange-related items that actually improved year over year were items within control of health plans:

  1. Direct Sales (Web-based)
  2. Single Payer Private Exchanges
  3. Storefront/Retail
  1. Insurance Market Reform Options and Market Support Considerations

Ferris shared two information-packed slides outlining various health care reform options being floated by President Trump, HHS nominee Tom Price, Speaker Paul Ryan and others – including the  ACA Replacement plan proposed by Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) which would largely give individual states the option to continue operating under existing ACA regulations.

Look closely…that’s a turtle under there!

  1. Trigger Points & Timeline – and Things to Watch

Ferris and the attendees had a lively discussion surrounding key ‘trigger points’ related to healthcare reform and some ‘Things to Watch.’ See the presentation here for more information on these two presentation topics.

Additional Info on Potential Impact to ACA and Health Insurance Exchanges

“Healthcare Triage: Fixing the exchanges”The Incidental Economist@IncidentalEcon

“Milliman identifies six key questions arising from the Trump/ACA executive order” – Milliman @millimaninsight

“What’s Next for U.S. Healthcare Under Trump?”LEK @LEK_Consulting

“President Trump and the Affordable Care Act: What Happens Now?” –  Schulte Roth & Zabel – @SRZLawFirm

Check out the following for more information on:

Ferris W. Taylor

Healthcare Executive Group

Benefits of being an HCEG member