"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Learning About Our Amazing Journey

Today is the last scheduled site visit by an external group to WMHS.  Since the spring, we have hosted around ten groups, mostly hospitals and health systems, in order for them to learn about our transition from volume-based or “sick care” delivery to value-based care delivery.  We have hosted groups from all over the State, including representatives from the Johns Hopkins Health System and culminating with a visit from an insurer today.  

Cigna / Healthspring representatives will be meeting with the leadership at WMHS then touring our Center for Clinical Resources.  When the representative from Cigna contacted me for the site visit, he said that they think that they know about value-based care delivery, but they really don't.  Hearing and seeing first hand what we have put in place and how we made the transition would be great for their team in understanding changes in health care.  

We have not been resistant of an prospective group wanting to learn about what we have accomplished.  After all, the August 11, 2014 headline in the Business Insider said, "An Amazing Health Care Revolution Is Happening in Maryland And Almost No One's Talking About It."  That would be us.  Pretty awesome and why not allow others to benefit from our success.  All Maryland hospitals are dependent on the success of the new Waiver so helping other hospitals also benefits us in the long run.


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