About This Blog
Welcome to the Marketing and Planning Leadership Council’s blog, Service Line Transformation. This blog serves as the primary communication channel for our Service Line Transformation Initiative, a special multi-year research effort dedicated to helping organizations prepare key service lines for risk-based payment. We will address challenges ranging from growth strategy innovations for key services lines to chronic care strategy, service line leadership, innovative approaches to service line marketing, and more.
For more information on the Service Line Transformation Initiative, or to send us questions, comments, or leads on innovative service line and care delivery models, please email Eric Sanford.
Emilia Thurber, Marketing and Planning Leadership Council
Shared savings partnerships aren’t just for traditional providers anymore. In January, Walgreens became the first national pharmacy chain approved by CMS to participate in ACOs, joining not one but three ACO partnerships in New Jersey, Florida, and Texas.
In his article “Is Walgreens the Future? What a Big Pharmacy Chain’s Moves Tell Us About Obamacare,” the Advisory Board’s Dan Diamond describes Walgreens’ strategy behind these new ACOs as well as their past involvement in population health management initiatives.
ACOs in Aisle 9?
Rachel Reeves, Marketing Planning and Leadership Council
Amid this year’s flu epidemic, providers are working overtime to vaccinate as many individuals as possible and treat those who are ill.
Earlier this season, HealthPartners took an innovative approach to vaccination: a drive-thru flu shot clinic. This is one of several convenient care models health systems are using to expand primary care capacity and position against new competitors.
HealthPartners takes an innovative approach to vaccination
Although traditional M&A activity remains strong, smaller provider organizations tell us they are exploring more innovative partnerships to protect and grow market share. They’re establishing partnerships for three main reasons: