With 9,600 CVS Health locations and 1,500 HealthHUBs on the way, the neighborhood pharmacy – that used to sell cigarettes – has become one of the most innovative healthcare companies in America – Find out how!...

Have you ever noticed, when you’re on a flight, how many people are watching their phones? OK, some are watching their tablets. But, the point is that passengers are increasingly Bringing Their Own Entertainment: movies, TV shows, video games, even e- and Audible-books. And, soon,......

The “Gig Economy” is under attack. Just imagine your life without “same-day delivery” or meals showing up magically on your desk – or dining room table. This dystopian world may be arriving very soon....

Just five years after rebranding itself as CVS Health, the retail pharmacy chain that first emerged in 1963 as Consumer Value Stores, is on the cusp of becoming the nation’s largest provider of healthcare services. Number 8 among the Fortune 500, CVS is already one of the largest pharmacy chains nationally, with 9,600 stores......

It’s not enough that motorists and pedestrians need to dodge Bird and Lime scooters, Amazon recently announced it will begin delivering some packages to Prime members in Irvine with a “small number” of its rolling, roboticScout delivery vehicles. The initial automated robot deliveries will only occur Monday through......

North Carolina’s Treasurer intended his “Clear Pricing Plan” would save the State, its teachers & employees 10% on their health insurance premiums. Here’s the saga of how the State’s providers responded to his nearly 200% of “Medicare for All” rates....

It seems it was only last year we were bemoaning America’s $3.5 Trillion health system. Well, according to the latest analysis from the U.S. federal actuaries, we were off by $.15 Trillion, because Americans spent $3.65 Trillion in 2018; that’s $150 Billion more than the......

Over a third of millennials in the workforce fear that Artificial Intelligence will kill more jobs than it creates, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. This is ironic, because 96% of the boomers and 88% of the Gen-Xers who employ them in the tech industry......

Given Americans’ concern about unexpected medical bills and the latest ABC News poll indicating “Medicare for All” candidates Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders winning if pitted against President Trump, the healthcare industry’s embrace of “Transparency” may be the most effective way to retain “the status......

March 4, 2013 was the day the healthcare world stopped spinning. That morning newsstands across the country proclaimed on the cover of TIME in stark red and gray: “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” This watershed article’s author, Steven Brill, won the 2014......

OK, so we may be a few years away from the amazingly cool robot co-star of Robot & Frank, but here are 7 “robots” that are already changing lives in and around our homes – who knows, maybe even yours! Because, according to a recent survey by the Consumer Technology Association, 84%......

As we approach the 2020 elections, it’s clear that the majority of the 24 Democratic candidates want something akin to “Medicare for All.”  Meanwhile, the folks currently in office are coming up with their own solutions to reduce healthcare spending growth....

As we get closer to the 2020 elections, it’s clear that the majority of the 24 Democratic candidates want something akin to “Medicare for All.” Assumably, once THE Democratic candidate emerges, likely on March 3rd, when California and a dozen other “super Tuesday” states hold......

In this 4:13 minute vlog, Mimi Grant looks at three major trends that are disrupting “the way we’ve always done it” for healthcare providers. By learning how to tap into these trends, many providers are staying ahead of healthcare’s massive changes....

If Wayne Gretzky was paying for his own college education today, he might admonish today’s matriculating students to skate where the jobs are going to be. And there’s little question as to where that is: TECHNOLOGY. According to the Consumer Technology Association, California already supports over......

It’s a rare day that goes by without someone mentioning how AI algorithms are going to change the healthcare world. But, last February, when Merdis Wells visited the diabetes clinic at the University Medical Center in New Orleans to have her eyes checked for signs......

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are really coming under attack, from well-respected journalists and government heavyweights alike. In this 5-minute vlog, ABL’s Mimi Grant discusses why....

While preparing this week’s ABL Healthcare Online, several horror stories impacting physicians jumped out at me. All of them piling on as to why a 2014 survey concluded that America’s “burned-out doctors made up 54 percent of the profession.” Yet, it struck me that over......

Epidemic levels of stress, anxiety, and depression are causing Gen Zs and Millennials to seek help from counselors in record numbers. Fortunately, millions are already getting help from these 7 vetted and popular apps, plus new approaches to a calmer, happier life....

The recent college admissions scandal is only the latest indication of how much pressure is on teens to “perform” – to get great grades, get into top schools, and look good on social media. All this pressure leads to stress, anxiety, and depression, and frequently to......

The stigma that has so long been associated with getting help with behavioral issues – even mental health disorders, is melting away. As Peggy Drexler recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal, “Millennials Are the Therapy Generation”: “People in their 20s and 30s seek mental......

Move over VR and AR, MR is changing the way patients, students, engineers, and consumers are experiencing the world.  Mimi presents examples of the latest capabilities brought to smarter phones and headsets from the world’s expanding list of creative developers....

There’s a living example of the SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH playing out on the streets of Downtown LA. Mimi shares here at least partial solutions – from New York and Silicon Valley – that could make a dramatic difference in LA....

Just a few years ago VR was all about gaming. Now it’s impacting virtually every industry – including retail. Learn where to fly your dragon at a Walmart possibly near you. Nearly two years ago, my husband and I ventured north to Silicon Valley to take in......

A few weeks ago my Waze Navigation app determined the fastest way to get back down to Orange County from Downtown LA was drive across 6th Street, from west of the 10 Freeway, due southeast to the Santa Ana Freeway. It’s only about four miles.......

A smart vest that warns you of a coming heart attack, a band that quiets your snoring, and a stylish watch that monitors your blood pressure were among the Digital Health stars exhibited at CES 2019 – plus the controversial one that wasn’t! Mimi Grant......

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show featured more innovative solutions for diagnosing, monitoring, and treating illnesses and advancing healthcare delivery than ever before. Here, Mimi focuses on five areas of particular interest for those looking to get – or stay – well, electronically! About 11 years......

When “following the money” in healthcare, all roads lead to Washington, DC, with a few detours to Sacramento. Here, Mimi vlogs about her 3+ predictions for how government will shape the future of the medical-industrial complex in 2019....

Making predictions in any area is always a dicey proposition. But after listening to our astute Healthcare Members throughout the year, reading the tea leaves – and a lot of articles, blogs, and op-ed pieces, I’m pretty confident in these three-plus predictions for Healthcare. They......

CONGRATS to ALL of the Northern California ABBY Award Finalists & Winner!  At the Event, held in San Francisco on December 12th, five exceptional healthcare companies competed for this year’s Northern California ABBY Award, in recognition and celebration of their organizations’ innovative technologies and approaches......

Mimi Grant looks at how some of the biggest Digital Health M&A deals are enabling “traditional” companies to expand their product lines into the Digital Age. ABL’s latest ABBY Award Finalists are, too....

Digital Health is rapidly transforming Traditional Healthcare. You could see it in this year’s M&A tally recently announced by MobiHealthNews – and at ABL’s 20th ABBY Awards last week. The 54 acquisitions announced this year, were the largest number ever, with highest collective price tag – $7.6 billion......

CONGRATS to ALL of the Southern California ABBY Award Finalists & Winner!  At the Event, held in Long Beach on December 5th, five exceptional healthcare companies competed for this year’s Southern California ABBY Award, in recognition and celebration of their organizations’ innovative technologies and approaches that are dramatically reducing......

The Health IT Gold Rush is on: from major players, like Google, to earlier-stage ABBY Award competitors using Big (Health) Data, telemedicine, software, and collaboration apps to lower the cost of quality care Google recently hired David Feinberg, MD, to head their Health Strategy division. ......

AND Introducing the 5 ABBY Finalists to Present in Long Beach, on December 5th November 20, 2018: In this short video, Mimi Grant shares five reasons why Google would hire Geisinger’s healthcare CEO superstar David Feinberg, MD, and introduces the five Finalists for the 19th Innovations......

Juxtaposing Elon Musk -founded SpaceX with Tesla, in this provocative vlog Mimi explores the gulf in their strategic communications – and details new California governance mandates....

I’ve been a huge fan of Elon Musk, even before my husband first drove home his Model S. After participating in a Harvard case study about him, then reading Ashlee Vance’s Elon Musk biography, I was even more enamored. I bought some stock. I even ordered a Model......

Concluding her examination of some of the best ways to enhance a corporate culture, in this vlog Mimi explores the final three “pillars”among Chris Dyer’s “7 Pillars of Company Culture” – transparency, measurement, and acknowledgement. by Mimi Grant, President, Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization    ...

Building on a strong foundation, Mimi gives examples of how four of the “7 Pillars of Company Culture” – positivity, uniqueness, listening, and mistakes – help improve a company’s productivity, performance, and profit. by Mimi Grant, President, Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization – Round Tables and Events......

A company’s “culture” has always been important. But never more so than now: with a tight job market teamed with a generational shift, employees are increasingly looking for far more than just a paycheck. In this short Vlog, Mimi talks about The Power of Company......

Company culture has always been important. But never more so than now: with a tight job market teamed with a generational shift, employees are increasingly looking for far more than just a paycheck. So now’s the perfect time to think about how you use words......

What is Sextortion? In this vlog, Mimi explains how she was recently the victim of a wannabe “sextorter,” who did steal a user name/password combination; and shares tips she learned from Alvaka Networks‘ Kevin McDonald, to help keep her safer from hackers in the future....

In this vlog, “Professional Networker” Mimi Grant shares her “5 Golden Rules” for making the most out of attending any networking event – be it a seminar, conference, trade show, mixer, or even executive Round Table!...

In this Blog, Mimi explains how she was recently the victim of a sextortion attempt. And, shares the tips she learned from Alvaka Networks’ COO & CSIO, Kevin McDonald, to help keep her safer from hackers in the future. For years, in our Technology and......

An Open Letter to Atul Gawande, MD: As Atul Gawande, MD, begins his highly-anticipated role as the CEO of the Amazon/Berkshire/JPMorgan healthcare venture, several of ABL’s Adaptive (Healthcare) Business Leaders offer suggestions for his consideration as he seeks to dramatically improve the quality of care......

Guest Blog by Dave Sayen, SVP of Gorman Health Group, and former CMS Region 9 Administrator – and on CMS’s executive team responsible for standing up the CMS Competitive Acquisition program Foreword by Mimi Grant of ABL Organization: CMS has proposed payment rule changes for......

Blockchain is already starting to change many industries – including one that’s close to the heart of nearly two-thirds of Americans: residential real estate. Turns out that currently there are some real “holes” when it comes to recording deeds that blockchain could remedy....

After more than 3 years of writing over 120 blogs, this is Mimi Grant’s first VLOG – about “The Disrupters” coming into healthcare from other industries. Notably, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon are joining the ranks of other “cross-industry disrupters” who’ve entered healthcare......

You already know that one of the Keys to Business Success is networking. But, before you run off to your next “networking event,” without an agenda, here are five ways to get the most out of the expenditure of your valuable time. I’ve been a......

Dear Atul, Even though you’ve yet to officially begin your new career at the helm of the yet-to-be-named “Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan Chase health plan” (which we’ll call “ABC”), several of ABL’s Adaptive (Healthcare) Business Leaders have collaborated on a few suggestions for your consideration as you......

Back in the ‘80’s Steve Jobs famously aspired to put a dent in the universe. Fast-forward to today, and BLOCKCHAIN ’s encryption methodology is allowing developers to verify the authenticity of each transaction. The result is already changing industries and governments. The latest industry to......

A ton has been written of late about ” The Disrupters ” coming into healthcare from other industries. Notably, Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon are “going for something bigger than shaving a few percentage points off health-care costs” for their million-plus employees. The......

Bitcoin’s wild reputation looks like it’s getting a makeover. According to the New York Times, the New York Stock Exchange’s parent company, Intercontinental Exchange, is working on an online trading platform that would allow large investors to buy and hold Bitcoin. And Goldman Sachs has announced......

Even the second-richest man in the world doesn’t feel he has enough money to develop a universal flu vaccine with just the resources of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. That’s why he’s networking. Just last week, Bill announced that the Gates Foundation put up......

If Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla (SpaceX and Neuralink) looked a bit bedraggled during his recent CBS This Morning interview with Gayle King, it’s only because his “production hell” problems literally are Keeping Him Up Nights, as he sleeps at the Fremont, CA, plant, overseeing......

Once thought to be in the realm of science fiction, the FDA has already approved the first 3D-printed drug: Spritam®. Using Aprecia Pharmaceuticals’ “ZipDose” technology, coupled with an active ingredient, these aspirin-sized tablets for the treatment of epilepsy disintegrate within a few seconds after taking......

Every day 13 people die while waiting for a kidney transplant. The sad fact is that every year, over 100,000 Americans need a new kidney, and only slightly more than 17,000 get them. But those statistics may soon change, as new breakthroughs in 3D printing (bioprinting) and tissue......

Reflecting on the historic changes in healthcare, one typically thinks of clinical breakthroughs. Like ether, as a surgical anesthetic; or penicillin, the first widely-used antibiotic; or even sequencing the human genome. But, that’s not what’s rocking the world of healthcare now. Today’s headlines (particularly in......

It’s no secret that healthcare is moving out of the hospital and increasingly into outpatient settings and patients’ homes. So what’s a bricks-and-mortar operation to do? Increasingly savvy systems and hospitals (with coffers to tap) are betting on early-stage investments in digital technology. Between 2012......

Last week, over 40,000 healthcare techies from all over the world swarmed into Las Vegas for HIMSS18. Given Americans spend $3.4 trillion on their health each year, it’s about time the event fully embraces the digital age, and this year, it did. Five major takeaways......

This week, Las Vegas is welcoming HiMMS18 attendees, from all over the world, to the largest gathering of folks who develop and sell Health IT to those who purchase it for their hospitals, health systems, medical offices, and health plans. Here are a few pictures......

Chances are excellent you’re a frequent flyer. You and 2,587,000 passengers who fly every day in and out of U.S. airports, on an average of 26,527 flights. The great news is that in 2017 not one person died in a commercial airline crash. HOWEVER, you......

CMS has a new Sheriff in town, and Seema Verma has an “expanded” view of the limits surrounding Medicare Advantage’s “supplemental benefits.” In this guest blog, Dave Sayen writes: this is going to be a Big . . . Healthcare organizations often start as charitable or religious. When......

Quite the brouhaha has erupted since Axios released an anonymous report written by a National Security team member who recommended that the federal government pay for and build a single, 5G wireless network to counter China spying on phone calls – and to enable a......

Everyone from politicians to 80% of consumers have been complaining about high drug prices. But at last, a group of hospitals are actually doing something about it. Like a frog in tepid water, generic drug prices have been slowly rising for years. But, in October......

‘Twas the second week of Jan’ry, when all through the City Not a room could be found for the usual kitty. Luring VCs, and PEs, and I-Bankers, too The JP Morgan Healthcare Conference is quite the to-do.   Armani and Gucci’s the dress code for......

GUEST BLOG POST BY DAVE BERKUS: Often, I am asked by young CEOs how much time should be devoted to various types of tasks by a good CEO in a small, growing enterprise. Of course, the response depends upon lots of variables, including whether the company......

Written by Guest Blogger Bob Kelley, CEO, Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization – What kind of movie will characterize your organization in 2018? Will it be family fare unfolding in familiar places, with well-known actors, and a predictable plot line? Or film noir, studded with dark......

In an industry rife with charges of sexual harassment, sexism, and discrimination, it’s refreshing to see that most of the “Best CEOs in America“ run tech companies, according to Comparably.com. Comparably is a compensation, culture and career monitoring website that recently surveyed the “sentiment” of......

Earlier this month CMS officially stepped into the 21st Century, when it released its Final Rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Buried deep within the Rule’s 1,653 pages are a series of new codes that will enable Medicare to pay for: a counseling......

When Gordon Moore observed in 1965 that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years, he didn’t have telecommunications in mind, per se. But, clearly we’ve seen Moore’s Law at work in the dramatic increase in computing power –......

On October 25, ABL Organization’s 18th Innovations in Healthcare(TM) event presented ABBY Awards to innovative organizations that are dramatically reducing the cost of quality healthcare. The Winners were: Marc Grossman, MD, Founder & CEO of PriceMDs (PMDs), who received the Diamond ABBY Award for his company’s proprietary, enterprise-facing, bundled-pricing health......

The hottest tourist attraction in Xining, China doesn’t have a roller coaster – not even a merry-go-round. What it does have is the world’s largest museum dedicated to Traditional Tibetan Medicine – and Tibet’s biopharmaceutical industry that’s sprung from it. Even before Hippocrates became “the......

Much has been written of late about our country’s failings, yet the tragedies of the past month have brought out a groundswell of support for those in pain due to hurricanes, earthquakes, and – most recently – a deranged shooter. While the headlines rightly scream......

The only good news to come out of this year’s devastating hurricane season is that drones work. Whether it’s to spot people in distress, or inspect damaged property for FEMA or insurance companies, drones are flying over and into places humans simply can’t access quickly,......

While hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and now Maria, have been ravaging Texas, Florida, Georgia, and the Caribbean, thousands of displaced residents have received remote medical care. Telemedicine providers Doctor on Demand, EpicMD, and LiveHealth Online, offered care to adults; and pediatric specialty clinic provider, Nemours, reached......

Irma has brought with her a watershed moment: if it wasn’t already, social media is now the new mainstream.      Taking a page from the playbook of the Tweeter in Chief, other government agencies are now embracing social media such as Twitter, Google, and Facebook,......

If Geoffrey Moore wasn’t the first person to write about the high-value associated with “Value Propositions” in his 2006 classic, Crossing the Chasm, he certainly familiarized a new generation with their power – particularly when communicating with your target audience via a webpage or app.......

Over the past two weeks we asked both our ABL Healthcare and Technology Members to “set politics aside” and respond to our all-Member survey: “How would you prefer to see the U.S. healthcare system evolve?” While the 86% of our survey respondents* were Healthcare Round Table Members,......

Among the most frequently asked questions we hear at the Adaptive Business Leaders Organization (ABL) is, “How is an ABL CEO Round Table forum different from a Vistage group?” (Variations on this theme include “How are you different from YPO, The Alliance of CEOs,” and......

In these uncertain times in Healthcare, in which we wrestle with questions like: Will the ACA survive? Or MACRA? Or any other governmental program we’ve put tons of resources into complying with? I’m reminded of how our Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Organization got its name. ......

Earlier today I spoke with a bright, seasoned tech entrepreneur who admitted his biggest concern for his company is keeping up with all the emerging technology – and convincing his engineers and programmers that their jobs are at stake if they don’t keep up, too.......