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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

An Opportunity to Teach

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to share the WMHS success story on health care reform with young people who are participating in Mercer’s National Intern Program.  Mercer is a national Human Resources firm that WMHS uses to perform an independent analysis of our executive compensation program. 
I was invited to speak to the group six weeks ago as an expert on health care reform (how flattering), but I didn’t quite grasp the magnitude of the invitation.  The engagement was done via conference call.  On the call were their executive leader and groups of Mercer interns from all over the country.  I had the opportunity to tell the story of our transition from a volume-based health care delivery system to one of value.  Their interest was related to a health care industry work project with which they were tasked. Their focus was the impact of health care reform on the various stakeholders, the employees, the physicians, the patients and the community.  As I told the story and briefed them on the impact on the individual stakeholders, they asked great questions.  At the end of the presentation, the interns said that they were thrilled to learn that there are very positive aspects of reform and that key stakeholders, such as employees and physicians, seem to be embracing it.
I love it when I get the opportunity to share what we are doing at WMHS related to our transformation to a value based care delivery system and it is especially rewarding to have such an engaged audience.

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