My “March Madness” really started on Friday, February 28th with my visits throughout several states, including South Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin and then back home to Philadelphia. I had the pleasure of visiting the South Carolina Hospital Association in Columbia, SC and continued with the Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, IL the following Friday, capped off by a trip to the Wisconsin Hospital Association in Kohler, WI – all in the span of two weeks! The highlight of the month, however, was our 14th Annual Population Health Colloquium, March 17-19.
The South Carolina and Wisconsin Hospital Associations really stand out in my mind as state organizations that promote the concept of physician leadership. They have supported physician leadership training for some time and it’s fantastic to see hospital leaders willing to invest resources into this important educational opportunity for doctors. At least in South Carolina and Wisconsin, hospital executives recognize that they cannot succeed under Health Reform without a core group of committed physician leaders.
In between these outstanding programs – and prior to the Colloquium -- I delivered the plenary address at the Spring meeting of the Governance Institute in Tucson, AZ, to 250 attendees, representing 30 integrated delivery systems from 20 states. My speech focused on implementing population health. As part of a special preconference session, accompanied by Denise Murphy and Jim Pelegano, we delivered a workshop on improving “Governance for Quality and Safety” for board members only. This is the third time we have offered this important content to a key leadership audience.
Our 14th Annual Population Health Colloquium was the most successful one ever! With nearly 600 persons from around the country and over 70 nationally prominent expert presenters, we “hit a home run” in terms of the level of interest and commitment in all aspects of population health. From the President and CEO of Humana, Mr. Bruce Broussard, to the MacArthur Genius awardee from the Camden Coalition, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, and everything in between, our colloquium tackled all the relevant issues, including pay for performance, bundled payment, Accountable Care Organizations, the social determinants of health and the future of private health exchanges. Our team from the Jefferson School of Population Health all hunkered down in the headquarters hotel for three consecutive nights to ensure that our program exceeded expectations.
I’m relieved and happy that my own “March Madness” is over and, like you, I’m very much looking forward to spring!