March 2, 2021

Below are the Contents of our current ABL Healthcare Online News & Trendletter + Mimi Grant’s Blog/Vlog

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HEALTHCARE MEMBER NEWS

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

John DaoJohn Dao is a Principal at Wipfli, LLC where he leads Wipfli’s Strategic Capital and Facility Planning consulting service line, focused primarily in healthcare, with clients nationwide. With nearly 20 years of experience, John’s consulting career has spanned a wide breadth of hospital and ambulatory settings, ranging from large academic hospitals and integrated delivery systems to smaller rural and critical access hospitals. Combining this wide range of experiences with strong analytical skills and a solid understanding of efficient healthcare operations/design, John is able to quickly and competently match clinical/business needs with effective, creative solutions. His specialties include healthcare facility planning, market/demand analyses, strategic planning, service line development, replacement hospital feasibility planning and functional space program design. Prior to joining Wipfli in 2005, John was a Senior Consultant with Allina Health System, and a Senior Consultant with Kurt Salmon Associates. John has joined the ABL-Health OAK Round Table.

Lynn McComasLynn McComas, DNP, ANP-C, is President and CEO of PreceptorLink, which works nationwide to provide preceptor placement solutions for the nurse practitioner and advanced practice nursing profession in order to develop excellent NP/APRN graduates. PreceptorLink’s vision is to provide excellent comprehensive solutions to the current nationwide preceptor crisis. The company works collaboratively with all involved parties to reduce barriers to precepting, demonstrate to preceptors that their role holds value, and provide quality and comprehensive clinical education for NP students and preceptors. Lynn has 20+ years of experience as an NP and is an active leader in the community. She has worked in primary care and has been a coach, advisor, mentor, and preceptor for countless NPs, nurses, medical assistants, and medical professionals over the years. She has led PreceptorLink since 2015, and has helped connect hundreds of practitioners nationwide. She also maintains some clinical practice as an NP, so she can stay current on clinical related issues as well. Lynn has joined the ABL-Health OC Round Table.

UPCOMING ABL HEALTHCARE ROUND TABLES

              • 3/03 – ABL-Health OC Zoom Table
              • 3/09 – ABL-Health SV Zoom Table
              • 3/10 – ABL-Health SF Zoom Table
              • 3/18 – ABL-Health OAK Zoom Table
              • 3/19 – ABL-Health LA Zoom Table

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Blog by Mimi Grant

4 Ways COVID’s Catapulted Healthcare Innovation

First, when you look up the word “innovation” in the Healthcare Dictionary, you’ll undoubtedly find a picture of Karen Murphy. Prior to joining Geisinger, as their EVP and Chief Innovation Officer, Karen had been Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, after she’d led the State Innovation Models Initiative that CMS invested $990 million in, to accelerate healthcare innovation nationally. Beginning her career as an RN, she later capped her formal education with a PhD in Business. Yet she credits the COVID pandemic with positioning her to lead change in the post-COVID environment. As she shared in Will COVID-19 be the Catalyst for Creating A More Sustainable Healthcare System?, a feature article last month in Modern Healthcare, “A year ago in terms of digital strategies it would have taken us a while to educate doctors. I think now when we have a problem, instead of asking how many people do we need to solve it, we’ll be thinking digital first. Shame on us if we slide back to where we were before.”

Second, and closer to home, Elizabeth Lee, CalOptima’s PACE Director, reflects that “It’s pretty amazing to look back and see how far we’ve come knowing that it’s probably never going to look the same again for us.” Blocked from providing clinical care as they always had, during the pandemic her clinical care team members consulted with the seniors they serve through telehealth, while vans delivered meals, medical equipment and supplies to their members. And mobile phlebotomists conducted blood drives, while mobile radiologists performed ultrasounds and X-rays in the patient homes.

Third, prior to COVID, telehealth companies like MDLIVE, Teladoc, Amwell, and Doctor on Demand originally made their reputations as “online urgent cares.” During COVID, a handful of insurers and employers began partnering with them – by using their tele-technology platforms – to offer their members and employees virtual primary care services with their regular primary-care physician, who they could now see via telehealth… CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF MIMI’S POST.

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Mimi Grant’s Vlog:

Partnering Strategically — to Get Things DONE

WHILE SOME STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS ARE JUST BETWEEN TWO PARTIES – COMPANIES OR INDIVIDUALS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IS CURRENTLY SPEARHEADING A “PARTNERSHIP” THAT’S TAPPED THOUSANDS OF COMPANIES, AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE – INCLUDING THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH…

CLICK HERE to watch Mimi’s 5:37-minute vlog.

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