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Insights for the C-suite

Confront the opioid epidemic with these 2 brand new resources

Rob Lazerow , Gillian Michaelson April 26, 2018

Hospitals and health systems nationwide are experiencing the damaging effects of the opioid epidemic on a daily basis. Emergency departments and inpatient beds have been flooded with those suffering the devastating consequences of opioid abuse and addiction.

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'The job felt incomplete': Why VA Secretary David Shulkin has served under Obama and Trump—and how he's reimagining veterans' care

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com March 23, 2018

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, David Shulkin, United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), talks with Eric about what the VA can learn from the private sector (and vice versa), his one-of-a-kind transition from the top levels of the Obama administration to the Trump administration, his vision for the VA Choice program, and more.

Editor's note: On March 28, 2018, President Trump announced that he had dismissed Shulkin as VA secretary, tweeting, "I am thankful for David Shulkin's service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!"

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100 million clinical lives, $200 billion in member value: Where Robert Musslewhite sees Advisory Board going next with Optum

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com March 12, 2018

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, Robert Musslewhite, CEO of Advisory Board and president of Optum Analytics, talks to Eric about how a freak toothpick accident set him on a path to the C-suite, how he sees the firm's merger with Optum amplifying its value to members, and why addressing the social determinants of health will be key to health care's future.

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Exclusive: Mayo Clinic CEO on why he's stepping down, Mayo's future, and more

February 21, 2018

A day after announcing he will step down as Mayo Clinic's president and CEO at the end of 2018, John Noseworthy spoke with the Daily Briefing's Josh Zeitlin about his nine-year tenure as chief executive, his approach to leading through change, and his advice for the Clinic's next leader.

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Congress recently changed MACRA. That's good news for some—and bad news for others

February 14, 2018

On Friday, Feb. 9, President Trump signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which ended an hours-long government shutdown and enacted several changes to health policy—including the most notable legislative changes to MACRA since it passed Congress with broad bipartisan support.

The Daily Briefing's Josh Zeitlin spoke with Tony Panjamapirom of Advisory Board's Quality Reporting Roundtable, Hunter Sinclair of Advisory Board Consulting, and Yulan Egan of Health Care Advisory Board about what those changes could mean for hospitals and medical groups.

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How a 'God moment' put Terry Shaw on a 35-year path to CEO—all at Adventist Health System

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com and Brad Rose, Managing Principal February 5, 2018

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, Terry Shaw, CEO of Adventist Health System, talks to Eric and Brad Rose, managing principal, about Adventist's approach to spiritual care, why he thinks about growth "like a farmer," and how he plans to turn AHS into a $20 billion system.

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Stop fooling around re: population health

Zachary Hafner, MBA February 1, 2018

 Zachary Hafner, MBA

It's 2018 and I've got a resolution for you—it's time to get serious about population health. At first this may feel like we are retreading old ground. After all, we have talked about population health for years now. But while it's one thing to keep talking about managing populations, it's another thing entirely to redesign the model, put the pieces in place, and tackle the obstacles to deliver results.

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Marc Harrison promised to turn Intermountain into a 'Tesla.' He wasn't kidding.

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com January 29, 2018

Welcome to the "Lessons from the C-suite" series, featuring Managing Partner Eric Larsen's conversations with the most influential leaders in health care.

In this edition, Marc Harrison, president and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, talks with Eric and Robert Musslewhite, Advisory Board Company's Chairman and CEO, about Intermountain's recently announced strategic reorganization, previews the launch of a "virtual hospital" to better serve rural communities, and shares the surprising worry that keeps him up at night. The conversation took place in December.

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