Time to Confront the Limits of Health Care

This country doesn’t like conversations about death. We created the term ‘death panels’ to avoid a much-needed national conversation about what our public health care programs should pay for. And, we would rather ration care indirectly by having a certain number of individuals without health insurance instead of thoughtful and transparent analysis in the context

By |2021-08-25T00:53:07+00:00August 24th, 2021|Public Affairs|Comments Off on Time to Confront the Limits of Health Care

Behavioral health needs at a new tipping point in Colorado

Many in health care have known for some time the massive challenges surrounding behavioral health access and the pressure on providers — especially in hospital ERs as families and patients reach points of desperation.The pandemic has only exacerbated these challenges. Nationally, ER wait times for people seeking behavioral health treatment are increasing as are the

By |2021-05-27T13:08:59+00:00May 26th, 2021|Business, Public Affairs, Technology, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Behavioral health needs at a new tipping point in Colorado

Stepping up for hospitals in Florida

This week, the Florida Hospital Association took a big step forward with a hefty financial investment to encourage patients to prioritize important health care decisions. As we all know, state hospital associations -- especially large ones like FHA -- have plenty of concerns and issues to balance with their various hospital members. Rural. Large public

By |2020-12-03T02:53:00+00:00December 3rd, 2020|Content Marketing, Convincing, Digital, healthcare marketing, Public Affairs|Comments Off on Stepping up for hospitals in Florida

Health tech gets focus it long deserved: A discussion with Nora Belcher of the Texas e-Health Alliance

Unintended consequences can be just another part of the territory when it comes to lawmaking. But you can really see those unintended consequences in the aftermath of a major government investments like the one made over the last decade in electronic medical records and health information technology. In 2009, the federal government began funding

By |2021-09-25T16:29:11+00:00November 20th, 2020|Connected Hospital Podcast, Public Affairs, Telehealth|Comments Off on Health tech gets focus it long deserved: A discussion with Nora Belcher of the Texas e-Health Alliance

The Price Transparency Gas Lighting of America

Price transparency in health care seems pretty straight forward. Bring attention to pricing. Allow patients and competitors to more clearly see pricing. Drive down prices. It usually works. Industries that are largely based on retail sales or driven by commodity markets have a quick consumer response time. These are considered elastic markets. If a product

By |2020-11-17T16:02:52+00:00November 17th, 2020|Public Affairs|Comments Off on The Price Transparency Gas Lighting of America

Talking Points with Groundswell Health

Several years ago, we met Andy Davidson when he was CEO of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. We quickly took to his wit and insight as an industry leader. He since retired and launched Hummingbird Hill Advisors, providing counsel and insight to boards and executive leaders to ensure fulfillment of their stated

By |2020-04-15T15:27:57+00:00April 15th, 2020|Public Affairs|Comments Off on Talking Points with Groundswell Health

Content Marketing for Advocacy Influence

Politics is a science. You can demonstrate that you are right and that others are wrong. Jean Paul Sartre But, even with science, there are skeptics and nonbelievers. (See vaccines, the moon landing and flat earth). And in the case of complex political and policy issues like all of those governing health care, you can’t

By |2019-11-20T17:24:06+00:00November 20th, 2019|Convincing, Public Affairs|Comments Off on Content Marketing for Advocacy Influence

How Will Your Hospital Communicate About Its “Shady Recycling Schemes?”

Yesterday’s announcement from CMS that it intends to subject hospitals’ Medicaid supplemental payments to increased scrutiny should raise alarm bells in hospitals of all sizes across the country. And, for hospitals in Texas, Kansas, Louisiana, Tennessee and New Hampshire where Medicaid supplemental payments constitute more than three-quarters of total Medicaid payments, the level of concern

By |2019-11-12T17:37:09+00:00November 12th, 2019|Public Affairs|Comments Off on How Will Your Hospital Communicate About Its “Shady Recycling Schemes?”

The 87th Texas Legislature Is Just Around the Corner

The 2020 General Election is less than a year away. That means that shortly thereafter, bill filing will begin for the 87th Texas Legislature, and legislators will be busy tending to promises made during campaigns. Is your organization doing everything it needs to in this critical year to maximize advocacy efforts and ensure legislative successes

By |2019-11-04T19:55:32+00:00November 4th, 2019|Convincing, Public Affairs|Comments Off on The 87th Texas Legislature Is Just Around the Corner

It’s Not Easy Being…A Hospital?!

With apologies to Kermit the Frog, it’s not easy being a hospital. The obvious challenges exist. Insufficient payments, physician relations, staffing turnover and payer negotiations. Now, major new threats have emerged that are not operational or financial in nature but are the direct result of hospitals’ reluctance to engage in forthright communications about complex issues.

By |2019-10-28T17:22:52+00:00October 28th, 2019|Business, Convincing, Public Affairs|Comments Off on It’s Not Easy Being…A Hospital?!

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