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Future Of Healthcare Has Stable Footing

By Baldwin Tom | Mar 1, 2017

Three Legs of the Future Healthcare Stool [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Regardless of the changes in the Affordable Care Act that will be coming in 2017, some progressive medical practices have already been looking beyond next steps into the future in providing healthcare. Here are the future changes that are underway: Leg 1) It is no longer just about…

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The Score Does Matter

By Greg Reinecke | Jan 30, 2017

Keeping Score Drives Better Healthcare [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Every successful enterprise keeps score through measurable business metrics. Without a means to measure what you are doing, there cannot be any rational means to improve. Sometimes finding the right thing to measure takes some thought. Not everything needs to be measured. Funds are always limiting, hence the underlying question…

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By Philip Nathanson | Jan 16, 2017

Recently I was asked: “Why do we spend the most for healthcare and get less than similar nations?” [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Lots of reasons, but the main culprit is uncontrolled Fee-for-Service (FFS) payment. Except for some kinds of managed care, American healthcare gets paid for by the piece. Every visit, procedure, test and medication is assigned a…

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By Baldwin Tom | Jan 2, 2017

It takes patience and perseverance to succeed, and 2017 is our year! It’s a new year, 2017!  I’ve also been told that 2017 is going to be a great year for our business.  OK.  I accept that prediction!  Yet, I am aware that it won’t happen without effort. A Chinese bamboo plant that grows nearly…

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The Business of Value Generation: The Magnificent-7 of Paired Investments and ROI

By Greg Reinecke | Dec 19, 2016

In the past series of blogs (Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 21), we have been suggesting a better way to characterize capital investments that will lead to maximizing value generation in a business enterprise.  We identified 7 capital investments, named the Magnificent-7 (M-7), that cover both the tangible and intangible investments one can make to build…

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75th Anniversary of MIS & Pearl Harbor

By Baldwin Tom | Dec 5, 2016

MIS Founded 75 Years Ago This is the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941). More importantly, it is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS; Nov. 1, 1941). My wife, Chaplain Madeline Reiko Nobori Tom [photo], was asked to serve as the Chaplain giving…

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The Business of Value Generation

By Baldwin Tom | Nov 21, 2016

Integration of 7 Capital Investments We characterize the seven capital investments, we named Magnificent-7 (M-7), into three categories: Those investments that have to do with people (who get work done), those around tasks (or how we get work done), and those that facilitate (link) people working on tasks. On the people side, there are Human…

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The Business of Healthcare

By Greg Reinecke | Nov 7, 2016

Magnificent-7: Pairing Capital Investments Running a business is about providing a service or product to make a profit. Without profit, a business fails to survive. Profit is made by earning more than spending. In our view, there are 7 places in a business where value is enhanced or lost. We have dubbed these places the…

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The Law of Business in Healthcare

By Baldwin Tom | Oct 24, 2016

Investments IN yields Returns OUT? The healthcare playing field has changed greatly and has placed new demands on healthcare providers such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The new demands in turn shift the value of the organization as change disrupts all aspects of running a business. Getting paid for patient work is no longer as…

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