"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.

Friday, January 16, 2015

American Hospital Association Meeting

Yesterday, I was honored to speak at the American Hospital Association's State Issues Forum Meeting.  It was a meeting of State, Regional and Metropolitan Hospital Association Executives in Washington, DC.  I was invited to speak on the Possibilities and Limitations of Provider Payment Reform, specifically the Western Maryland Health System's journey related to value-based care delivery.  In addition to describing our journey, I was able to address questions related to work force, the challenges that we faced, the lessons learned, why we chose to pursue value based care delivery when no one else was, how the concept was financed, how the model is sustainable and how did we meet the needs of the behavioral health patients who also have general acute care needs.

The presentation was well received with a number of follow up requests to speak at the individual state association meetings.   All is all, a very rewarding day.

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