How will the US Supreme Court’s Decision on the Chevron Deference Impact Healthcare?

The US Supreme Court’s decision on Chevron deference isn’t merely a legal technicality, it’s a potential game-changer for healthcare. The implications could be profound, potentially reshaping healthcare policy and regulation as we know it. This situation warrants our attention and understanding. Congress sets the law of the land and federal agencies were created to implement those laws to… Read More »

Navigating the Future of Medicare Advantage Plans

Recently, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have surged in popularity, accounting for more than 50% of coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. Consequently, this rise has intensified competition among payors, leading to increasingly aggressive marketing strategies. To thrive in this competitive landscape, MA providers must differentiate their plans. Experience shows that targeting specific demographic segments is an effective strategy, and MA plans are… Read More »

The Role of Healthcare Systems in Advocating for Social Change

The healthcare delivery ecosystem stands as a crucial pillar of society, dedicated to providing care when it’s needed. Yet, in our noble pursuit of meeting this demand and ensuring the common good through prevention initiatives, we’ve perhaps overlooked a vital aspect: the power of advocacy for social and behavioral change. Shouldn’t healthcare systems extend their reach beyond clinical… Read More »

Health Care Workforce Violence, a Worsening Issue

Healthcare workers play a crucial role in serving others, especially when their patients are at their most vulnerable. They provide their services with utmost dedication and respect, going beyond their duties to show empathy and care. However, they are also at a higher risk of experiencing violence at work, accounting for 73% of all nonfatal workplace injuries. Moreover,… Read More »

Embracing Human-Centered Care: A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare

In our continual pursuit of delivering enhanced value to those we serve; we are embarking on a transformative journey. One that shifts our approach from a solely physiologic model to one more rooted in understanding human conditions and behavioral economics. Rather than solely educating individuals on their disease states, our focus now lies in activating and engaging them… Read More »

Navigating the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Health Equity

Currently, it seems Artificial Intelligence (AI) is at the forefront of everything, including influencing and transforming healthcare. At the same time, there continues to be a growing emphasis is on ensuring equitable access to healthcare services. Recognizing the potential biases within AI systems, the Department of Health and Human Services has taken a significant step by proposing rules… Read More »

Navigating Board Certification: Finding a Balance Between Knowledge and Practicality

In the dynamic realm of medicine, the pursuit of knowledge is a fundamental pillar for dedicated professionals. Particularly in a field where information continually advances and evidence-based practices shape patient care, the importance of maintaining board certification is a crucial consideration. However, as physicians navigate this landscape, a fundamental question surfaces: Does board certification genuinely reflect a physician’s… Read More »

The Value Equation in Value Based Care

I have referenced, over the years, one way to measure value for those we serve. As we continue our journey, being able to quantify what we do is critical to our success. Attached is a link to an article published by the Advisory Board that goes into greater detail on the equation I have discussed. How Sentara measures… Read More »

Elevating Healthcare through Effective Communication Channels

In a rapidly evolving society, the need for effective communication methodologies has never been more critical. While we often emphasize shared decision-making and personalized communication with individuals, we must also recognize the vital role that effective health communication plays in shaping public health. In today’s age of social media, a 24-hour news cycle, micro-targeted messaging, and advances in… Read More »