Our guest commentator, Dr. Tommy Prewitt from HORNE LLC, believes that the ACA is likely to fail. He has 5 strategies he suggests that hospitals should use, regardless of what happens with the ACA. 1. Rethink your model of care by eliminating waste. 2. Allocate 20% of your financial resources toward care innovation. 3. Get serious about data analytics; in fact, this is a good place to spend your 20%. 4. Avoid buyer’s remorse and be cautious when buying smaller hospitals. 5. Win the race to the bottom; post fixed charges for episodes of care.
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Dr. Tommy Prewitt is the director of the Healthcare Delivery Institute at HORNE LLP. A graduate of Brent James's Advanced Training Program at Intermountain Healthcare, Dr. Prewitt leads the firm's efforts in healthcare delivery reform. His work focuses on training and services that help providers prepare for the healthcare delivery models of the future. Tommy joined HORNE with more than 15 years of experience in clinical surgery. His surgical training included three years as a Medical Staff Fellow at the surgery branch of the National Cancer Institute. After completing his training, Tommy practiced surgery in a variety of clinical settings that ranged from a small solo practice to academia. His most recent clinical experience was at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he was Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Health Policy, practicing as a breast surgical oncologist, an educator, and a health policy advisor to the vice chancellor. He has several publications in peer-reviewed journals and has given presentations at the local, state, regional and national levels. Tommy earned his M.D. at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
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The patient-provider relationship stands to suffer if we’re not careful about how we implement and use healthcare data and technology. For example, a young woman with a rash on her hands visits two different doctors. The first doctor barely looks up from his computer long enough to write her a prescription. The second doctor using the computer and asks a series of questions to figure out that the patient actually has a latex allergy from the gloves she uses to serve food at her work. And while data is not new, actionable data and analytics are opening new opportunities for physicians to improve care and reduce waste.