Freed Associates

February Newsletter - Industry Expertise & Top Consultant Insights

TOPIC: Publications
 February Newsletter  
In 1991, with 15 years of healthcare experience under her belt, Dava Freed set out to create a work/life balance for herself by starting Freed Associates.  Starting 25 years ago with one client and a large systems implementation project, Freed Associates has grown into a company of 70 employees and evolved into one of the most trusted names in healthcare management consulting serving the who’s who in California’s healthcare industry.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Freed has a dedicated team of over 50 consultants, with an average of 20 years of healthcare industry experience and an unwavering commitment to providing sustainable solutions to clients’ most challenging and complex business problems. The firm remains intently focused on its clients’ needs and continues to tackle both foreseen and unforeseen challenges to ensure client success.
Freed is grateful for rewarding challenges, talented and dedicated employees and ambitious clients that have allowed the firm to reach today’s milestone and shape the future of the healthcare industry.
Recruiting Millennial Primary Care Physicians
Feature By: 
Katherine Redmond
Full Biography
Where have all the primary care physicians (PCPs) gone?
If your organization is experiencing greater difficulty attracting and retaining qualified PCPs, you’re part of a national trend. By 2025, there’s projected to be a shortfall of between 12,500 and 31,100 PCPs in the United States, according to a new study by the Association of American Medical Colleges. 
This projected shortage is alarming, given the significant clinical and business impact of PCPs. Not only do PCPs serve as hubs of patient care, they also generate more revenue for hospitals, per physician, than do specialists. On average, each PCP delivers $1.6 million in annual net revenue to his or her affiliated hospital, according to a 2013 report by physician recruitment firm Merritt Hawkins. Continue Reading. 
Premortem Process Helps Health System Successfully Upgrade Lab Information System
A Case Study By: Crystal Cooper
A major California health care provider, sought to upgrade its laboratory information system (LIS) to help enhance patient safety, productivity, and meet a regulatory requirement to submit public health results to the California registry, CalRedie.
To address the LIS upgrade risks up-front and help ensure project success, Freed proposed that the upgrade team engage in a premortem project risk assessment to brainstorm all of the possible reasons the upgrade could fail. Continue Reading.
How Is Your ACO Doing? Check with Your Patients!
Feature By:
Shanti Wilson
Full Biography
While the growth rate of accountable care organizations (ACOs) has slowed over the past two years, and despite several departures from Medicare’s Pioneer ACO program, approximately 70 percent of the US population live in areas served by ACOs. Nearly 45 percent reside in areas served by two or more ACOs, based on data from consulting firm Oliver Wyman.
Since the start of 2014, an estimated 4.5 million more lives are now part of public and private ACOs, and 23.5 million patients total in ACOs, says consulting firm Leavitt Partners. 
With so many relatively new ACOs and a paucity of comparative data on ACO performance, how do you determine how your own ACO is doing? Continue Reading.
Multi-State Health Plan Traverses ACA Complexities to Meet Requirements, Reduce Risks
A Case Study By: Scott Walkiewicz
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the most complex federal laws ever enacted. Even with its decades of experience, a large, multi-state health plan needed external help to support its organizational readiness for implementing complex components of the ACA. 
They engaged Freed Associates (Freed) to support cross-functional teams in multiple states, accomplish compliance readiness efforts, and develop and execute a go-to-market plan for a changing line of business. Continue Reading.
Annual Freed Dinner
January saw the annual celebratory Freed dinner party for employees and their significant others.
This year, to highlight our 25th Anniversary, we held a theme party of the Roaring 20’s. Guys and dolls showed up in their glad rags and had a wonderful time.
Meet The Newest Freed Associates
Consultant: Carl Reed
Carl Reed has significant experience in PMO, Program/Project Management, System Implementation and Application Development.
Prior to his position with Freed Associates, Carl gained a wide range of PMO, Program and Project Management experience as a Senior Project Management Consultant at Sutter Health, a Senior PMO Manager at Health Net,  and a Senior Project Manager at McKesson. Read his full biography here.
Consultant: Agnes Walczak
Agnes Walczak has significant experience in Accounts Receivable Revenue Cycle.
Prior to her current position with Freed Associates, Agnes was a director of physician billing services and revenue cycle with a large independent physician medical practice group. Read her full biography here.
Dava Freed | CEO, President and Founder | 510-525-1853