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April Newsletter - Industry Expertise & Top Consultant Insights

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Happy Spring! A recent article in The Wall Street Journal highlights how the Golden State Warriors (my favorite team) have “revolutionized” basketball by making more 3-point baskets than any team in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As the article details, the Warriors have flourished by embracing “the notion that the NBA’s 3-point line was a market efficiency hiding in plain sight.” Yet even after identifying this opportunity, the Warriors’ success didn’t happen overnight.
Over the past half-decade, the Warriors have put into place the right combination of leadership, athletic talent and game plans to help the team consistently win. A similar success equation happens in health care, as I’ve consistently witnessed during Freed Associates’ 25 years: When health care organizations have the right leadership, talent, technologies and processes in place, and the willingness to seek out quality input from an experienced external voice, great things happen.
That’s where Freed Associates comes into play: We help outstanding health care organizations achieve even greater levels of success through our consultants’ industry experience, expertise and savvy. As highlighted in this issue’s articles, it’s a winning dynamic that shows no signs of slowing down. It’s why I’m as excited for our clients’ successes – and our Warriors – as I am about Freed Associates’ next 25 years! Best regards,
Dava Freed
Webinar: The Shift From Volume to Value Health Care – Implications on the Clinical Workforce
In conjunction with: Becker’s Hospital Review and Cornerstone.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 | 1:00PM – 2:00PM CDT 
Over 14 million US citizens work in the health care industry and need to adjust to the new environment. The V2V shift is not only financial; it has significant implications on health systems’ culture and workforce.
Attend this webinar to learn about:
  • Impacts to health care workforce
  • How you can prepare your workforce to thrive in value-based health care
Register Now Presenters:
Shanti Wilson Consultant Freed Associates
Debra Mathias Consultant Freed Associates
Establishing the Basis for Accountable Care Organization Success
By: Sylvia Dochterman As seen in HealthITAnalytics. Care management is the key to ACO success, but many health care organizations overlook the most fundamental factor in care coordination… an advanced system of primary care! ACO models involve many varied elements of care management, but without advanced primary care at the center of these systems, success can be disjointed. There are many misconceptions surrounding the advanced primary care model of care, which builds on the patient-centered medical model of health care. However, these newer primary care models serve as a foundation for ACO performance improvement, which clearly tie medical home strategies to financial success. Establishing advanced primary care as the focus of development is the key toward transforming care and meeting the ACO goals of improving quality and reducing costs. Continue Reading.
Strategy Implementation for a Large Health System’s Pilot Program to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
A case study by: Elyse Ruiz In fiscal year 2016, many U.S. hospitals will face CMS’ 30-day readmissions penalty. While the focus on reducing hospital readmissions is not new, the pressure on cost containment and quality improvement is reaching new heights. The Readmission Reduction Program, created under the Affordable Care Act in 2012, initially targeted readmissions for patients with acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. As of the 2016 final rule, CMS expanded the target conditions to include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, total hip arthroplasty, total knee arthroplasty, coronary artery bypass graft and additional pneumonia diagnoses. As part of a large California-based health system’s strategic initiative to coordinate care across the continuum and reduce hospital readmissions, they launched a six-month pilot program to provide patients with post-discharge telephonic support. The Transitions of Care pilot targeted high-risk patients over age 65 discharged to home without home care from two affiliate hospitals. Continue Reading.
Adopt Mindfulness Principles to Help Facilitate Change
By: Carly Dunham As seen in Becker’s Hospital Review. If you’ve ever participated in, or led, a change management effort, you know how difficult it can be to get others (or even yourself!) to embrace the desired change. While change can be incredibly valuable and is a norm for today’s organizations to thrive and survive, researchers estimate that as many as 70 percent of all change initiatives stall, lose focus, or get derailed. Rather than chancing the likelihood of change initiative success, many organizations are increasingly looking at mindfulness-the individual state of active, open attention on the present-as a vital tool to help guide employees through the inevitable peaks and valleys that accompany change. In this article, we’ll explore how mindfulness can benefit your organization’s change efforts. But first, it’s useful to understand the fundamental challenges inherent in any change effort. Continue Reading.
Smooth Shift from Medicare ACO to New ACO with Freed Input
A case study by: Melissa Hitt After several successful years of participating in a Medicare accountable care organization (ACO), one of California’s highest-ranked health care systems planned to exit and start its own ACO. While the Medicare ACO had proven beneficial to all concerned, the health care system noted that it was showing diminishing returns and didn’t offer the flexibility the health system desired. The health system’s administrators wanted to apply their Medicare ACO learnings and processes to an ACO of their own design, tailored to their needs. For experience and expediency, the health system turned to Freed Associates for help in planning, designing, building and implementing its planned new ACO program. Time was of the essence. It was still early in the year, but less than six months remained before the end of September, when structure and wording of PCP’s annual contracts would be due for legal and compliance finalization. Continue Reading.
Freed Named “Best Place to Work” SF Business Times
Freed Associates has been named in the San Francisco Business Times Best Places to Work for 2016. We ranked 19th in the 50-99 employee group.
Freed a Sponsor of the Heart and Stroke Ball
On Saturday February 27th the American Heart Association hosted its 26th annual Heart & Stroke Ball in Sacramento. Each year, community members, medical professionals, and corporate leaders throughout the Sacramento region come together to celebrate the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association. Freed contributed to the event by sponsoring a table and sending a few team members to the event.
Meet The Newest Freed Associates
Consultant: Jim Buckheit
Jim has significant experience implementing care and utilization management systems and managing process improvement initiatives. Jim has broad experience leading disease management, utilization management, and case management teams, and has worked with government, private, public and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.
Jim holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Read his full biography here.
Consultant: Debra Mathias
Debra has significant experience as both a healthcare executive and consultant. She has led
large scale consulting engagements that involve the C-suite, physician leaders, middle management and staff. She has expertise in strategic planning, developing and implementing business plans, evaluating value based payment strategies, and developing population health metrics. 
Debra holds an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Arizona and a Master of Health Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver. Read her full biography here.
Dava Freed | CEO, President and Founder | 510-525-1853