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6 experts on what the 2018 MACRA final rule means for you

November 15, 2017

Since CMS released its final rule to implement year two of MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP) last week, our experts have analyzed the 1,000+ pages. They plan to share key insights and action items their upcoming webconferences:

  • An expert panel discussion on the strategic implications of the 2018 MACRA Final Rule on Monday, November 20 at 3 p.m. ET. (Register now to secure your spot).
  • A detailed analysis of the 2018 MACRA Final Rule and operational action items on Tuesday, December 12 at 1 p.m. ET. (Register now to secure your spot).

Here's a sneak peek of their reactions to the rule:

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To achieve real progress in reducing care variation, move beyond the 'bubble up'

by John Johnston, National Partner November 13, 2017

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Many health systems wrestle with the hardest decisions of their annual budgeting this time of year and the conversation typically turns to cost cutting. Increasingly, many health systems find, as my colleague Sean Angert recently told me, that they've "addressed the obvious places to raise productivity or cut costs long ago. The efforts that remain are tough challenges."

Eventually, the budget conversation will rise to reduce unnecessary clinical cost. Many health systems suspect that the cost of treatments that do not improve patient outcomes can add up to millions of dollars, but aren't sure how to engage physicians effectively on making care more reliable, affordable, and accessible.

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Duke Health CEO's advice for young leaders: Take more risks

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com November 10, 2017

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, Dr. Eugene Washington, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University and President and CEO of Duke University Health System, talks to Eric about why he sees population health improvement as the system's "ultimate goal," his thoughts on the future of AMCs, and his phone-free approach to unwinding.

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10 takeaways on the 2018 MACRA final rule

Tony Panjamapirom, PhD , Rob Lazerow November 3, 2017

CMS on Nov. 2 released the 2018 final rule with comment period to implement the second year of MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP). Public can submit comment through January 1, 2018.

We're thoroughly analyzing the 1,653-page rule and will have comprehensive insights and action items to share in our upcoming webconferences. Make sure to mark your calendars for:

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After the Charlottesville violence, UVA Health System saved lives. Two leaders share their lessons learned.

by Jennifer Stewart and Josh Zeitlin October 4, 2017

UVA Health System was on the front lines responding to the violence that erupted in Charlottesville on August 12. Advisory Board's Jennifer Stewart and Josh Zeitlin spoke with UVA Health leaders about their lifesaving strategies—including their decision in advance of the protest to free up hospital beds, their coordination with other local providers on how best to respond to casualties, and their monitoring of social media to learn about a terrorist attack in real time. This interview was conducted prior to the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas.

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From basketball coach to CEO of a $5.5B health system: Where James Hereford is taking Fairview next

by Eric Larsen, Managing Partner, larsene@advisory.com October 4, 2017

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, James Hereford, president and CEO of Fairview Health Services, talks to Eric about lessons learned on the ranch, a lifelong journey to "find the hard projects," and how 2017—which has already seen a health system merger, incorporation of a health plan, and negotiation of an academic medical group contract—is shaping up for Fairview.

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How C-suite leaders should think about the abandoned ACA repeal vote

Chas Roades , John Johnston, CPA, MHA September 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing's Josh Zeitlin spoke with two Advisory Board experts—Chief Research Officer Chas Roades and National Partner John Johnston of Advisory Board Consulting—about how health care leaders should think about the Senate GOP's decision to abandon its planned vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and overhaul Medicaid.

Q: Chas, let's start with Graham-Cassidy, the bill that the Senate nearly voted on this week. What would this bill have meant for hospitals if it had passed—and what are its prospects of Republicans passing a similar bill at a later date?

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'Access' isn't just a buzzword. Here's what 15 health care leaders shared about their strategies

Michele Molden, MBA September 22, 2017

Helping patients access health care is an age-old problem, but it's also an ever changing one and was rated the #1 issue of interest for CEOs in a recent Advisory Board survey. This summer, we held our first-ever Patient Access Executive Summit where we spent a full day unpacking what it actually means to focus on patient access to care.

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