Cranking the Opportunity Engine

Patients with more advanced disease are returning to hospitals in pre-pandemic volumes and the cost of treating them is now higher. On MedAxiom HeartTalk, host Melanie Lawson speaks with Stuart Jacobson, Founder & CEO of Biome Analytics, Amber Pawlikowski, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Director of Client Services & Quality Improvement Analytics at Biome Analytics, and Bradley Hubbard, MD, Cardiologist at Trinity Health Michigan Heart to discuss the struggles of quality performance improvement during a time of massive resource shortages and some of the major barriers that clinicians face. We?re also joined by Joel Sauer, MBA, Executive Vice President, Consulting and Denise Busman, MSN, Vice President, Care Transformation at MedAxiom who share insights on how organizations can use analytics to better achieve the ?Quadruple Aim? of healthcare.
Guest Bios
Bradley Hubbard, MD, Cardiologist, Trinity Health Michigan Heart - Dr. Hubbard has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the area. His clinical interests include cardiac MRI, critical care, and monitoring quality outcomes. Dr. Hubbard also has additional training in adult comprehensive echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is the director of the coronary care unit and section head of cardiology at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, as well as a clinical instructor in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Amber Pawlikowski, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Director of Client Services & Quality Improvement Analytics, Biome Analytics - Amber is a passionate and driven healthcare leader with over a decade of experience in healthcare delivery and services. She is considered a young, rising figure and prominent voice in the areas of data analytics and quality improvement methodologies. As a healthcare leader, Amber has created, directed, implemented, and continuously monitored quality strategic plans and outcomes for the nation?s largest CVSLs with specific focus on cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology (medical, interventional and electrophysiology) and interventional radiology. Amber currently serves as Director of Client Services and Quality Improvement Analytics at Biome, a leading provider of performance solutions for enterprise cardiovascular centers 
Stuart Jacobson, Founder & CEO, Biome Analytics ? An entrepreneur, Stuart Jacobson co-founded Biome Analytics in 2013. 
Denise Busman, MSN, VP, Care Transformation at MedAxiom - Denise brings more than 30 years of experience as a cardiovascular clinician and leader to MedAxiom. Her clinical expertise is complemented by a passion for engaging multi-disciplinary teams to transform care delivery and enhance clinical quality. Known for her work in program development and change management, Denise is skilled in the implementation of new programs and clinical initiatives. Denise joins MedAxiom from Spectrum Health, a multi-hospital system in Michigan, where she held a variety of positions including critical care educator and cardiology clinical nurse specialist. Most recently, her focus was directed toward clinical improvement and quality for the cardiovascular service line, where she implemented innovative approaches to care and served as a trusted advisor to cardiovascular physicians and team members. Denise holds a bachelor?s degree in nursing from Michigan State University and master?s degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University. She has been active with the American College of Cardiology for many years as a Michigan Chapter board member and cardiovascular team liaison, ACC Scientific Program Committee member, and reviewer of scientific abstracts.
Joel Sauer, MBA, EVP - Consulting, MedAxiom - Since 2010 Joel Sauer has been providing consultative services around the country to accelerate the value transition in health care, particularly within the cardiovascular realm. A significant area of concentration has been creating contemporary and effective physician/hospital partnership structures, utilizing employment and other contractual arrangements (such as professional services agreements) and joint ventures. His work includes full-service line advancement, including governance and leadership development, and the creation of targeted co-management programs. Joel is an expert in vision and strategy setting, cultural and operational integration, and physician compensation plan design that promotes the vision and objectives of the organization. Prior to consulting, Joel spent 14 years as Chief Executive Officer of a large Midwestern multi-specialty physician group that included 23 cardiologists. In 2008 Joel led his group through acquisition by a major health system and then took over as CEO of its entire physician enterprise, which eventually included nearly 500 providers. A recognized national resource in cardiovascular physician compensation, Joel is author of the annual MedAxiom Provider Compensation & Production Survey and has expertise in provider workforce planning and development.  Along with the entire MedAxiom Consulting team, he is a resource in new federal payment models such as the Quality Payment Program and the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), and other episode payment-based arrangements. Joel is often published in health care magazines, blogs and trade journals and is a regular speaker at national health care meetings.
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