Health Care Reform and Our Readiness
By: Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA | Apr 18, 2012 12:38 PM
Whether the Affordable Care Act survives Supreme Court scrutiny or not, the message being sent to us is clear:
- There is a projected $100M per year impact to our income.
- There is an imperative from our government to start innovating and come up with solutions to the problems we've helped to create.
As I reflect on this, what I keep seeing are the remarkable opportunities we have at the University of Utah to impact the national discourse to help shape the future! We have one of the best academic hospitals in the nation, consistently in the top ten among the over 125 university hospitals in the U.S. We also have an amazing brain trust of health systems policy and financial experts. We are poised to make a real impact on national solutions.
How are we responding?
Our hospital leadership has been focused on improving our revenues and reducing expenses, with some great outcomes. Our health service researchers have looked at innovative ways to implement best practices so that we have the best patient outcomes without having to readmit patients or have them suffer complications. There’s still a lot more we can do. And to identify those opportunities and to give us a chance to really implement some innovative solutions, I believe we have to bring together all the experts.