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Conference Highlights: The Whys and Hows of Heart Program Success

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


If you did not attend MedAxiom’s CV Transforum Fall’17 conference last week, and are involved in a cardiology practice or CV service line at a hospital, you may have some catching up to do. Larry shares some of the highlights of the conference in this week’s blog post.

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Hey, heart program, you have growth opportunities in 2018!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


Downsizing has become a regular part of health care these days as hospitals and health systems seek to shed expenses in response to declining (or negative) margins. At a minimum, there is an intense scrutiny on labor costs and it often seems as if “per FTE” has become the predominant metric of success. It is true that the payer mix has shifted, once profitable volumes (e.g. open heart, SPECT and diagnostic cath) have declined, and the rewards that come from providing “value” are still not being financially rewarded to any large degree. But does that mean that the opportunities for growth are nonexistent? Larry Sobal says, “Not at all if you are willing to take a more imaginative view of your growth options as you begin to finalize your 2018 strategy.” Read Larry’s ideas on how to achieve the greatest growth opportunities for heart programs in 2018.  

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Larry Sobal interviews Advanced Practice Provider (APP) expert Ginger Biesbrock about the opportunities to advance the Quadruple Aim of health care, including increasing ROI, through team-based care and APP optimization.

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Where Will CMMI Go From Here? CMS Wants Your Input

Thursday, September 28, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


What hasn’t gotten much press lately is something all physician and hospital leaders should pay close attention to; there are comments coming from the White House hinting that changes to CMMI may be in the works. In Larry’s opinion, changing the CMMI has the potential to be as interesting, far-reaching and polarizing as the ACA repeal and replace political stalemate, if not for the American population then for health care industry professionals.

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The Opportunity Costs of Poor Organizational Focus?The Worst Cost of All

Thursday, September 21, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


Lack of prioritization has tremendous implications for your organization, namely that you may be unintentionally making it an unhealthy organization, either culturally, financially or both. If you are going to make a real attempt to set priorities, pay careful attention to the opportunity costs of what you won’t be able to do. They may outweigh any benefits of the priority you are trying to accomplish. It could be that the opportunity cost of what you are not getting done outweighs what you are getting done.

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How Many #1 Priorities Do You Have?

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | Larry Sobal | 0 Comments


When it comes to strategic planning, there will always be more good ideas than there is the capacity to execute them. In order to achieve something you have never achieved before, you must do things you have never done before. This requires a combination of disciplined focus, behavioral change and utilizing different leadership approaches. Larry offers a variety of proven prioritization tips to help health care organizations actually accomplish measureable and meaningful change.

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