Innovations in Healthcare Delivery: A Brookings Merkin MedTalk Series

In the physician directed and emerging ‘accountable care’ space, few have the depth and range of experience, operating success, learning curves and business model diversity than the collective enterprises associated with the vision and tenacity of Richard Merkin, MD – physician, philanthropist and visionary. In fact, with Davita’s 2012 acquisition of Healthcare Partners into it’s publically traded parent, one might consider Dr. Merkin’s extensive managed (now including ‘accountable care’) portfolio to be a ‘last man standing’ at scale scenario in the physician led integrated delivery system domain.

Clearly there are others, but few match the member scale and market savvy that Dr. Merkin et al, has and continues to assemble. Further consider the C-suite management team behind the Merkin enterprise. Names such as Mark Wagar, President Heritage Medical Systems (AMI, CompreCare, American Physician Partners, Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield), Richard Lipeles (PacificCare),  Kathy Nix, and Jaya Kurian to name only a few.

So when two trophy nameplates team up, i.e., Brookings and Merkin, to launch the Merkin Initiative industry veterans and health-wonk wannabes should pay close attention.

This impressive series nested at Brookings is titled the ‘Merkin Initiative on Payment Reform and Clinical Leadership‘. It originally streamed live on April 16th, 2014 c/o @BrookingsMed. The program description notes the following:

“Treating Congestive Heart Failure and the Role of Payment Reform: Lessons from Duke University Health System and the University of Colorado Hospital.” The agenda includes seven brief “TED-style” talks that will cover the clinical effects of congestive heart failure (CHF), its economic impact on the health system, as well as firsthand experiences from Duke and Colorado about their CHF care strategies, and how they used alternative payment models to support these innovations.

The tweetstream can be retrieved via #MedTalk.

[Program Note: fast forward to 15:30 mark for beginning of the webcast]

Now sit back and consume this informative series including wrap-up panel of presentations on the ‘tectonic’ ecosystem shift from volume to value. Finally, in the white water of the transformational imperative, I’m reminded of the William Gibson often quoted in tech sectors of late ‘advisory’:

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.








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