Leadership

The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald to head the Department of Veterans Affairs last week, just after congressional leaders put together a $17 billion funding bill to help reform the agency. 

He may have been preaching to the choir, but surgeon and thought leader Atul Gawande, MD, told a crowd at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas that data and leadership from healthcare finance experts will have the biggest impact on improving the value of healthcare.

ACA has accelerated the rate of change in healthcare and payors are under the gun to make the transition from an industry in which the customer is a corporation to one in which consumers call the shots. Many current market leaders could be unseated, predicts a June report from McKinsey & Company.

Just 5 percent of hospital leaders are physicians, not nearly enough for a successful transition to value-based care, according to a white paper from the American College of Physician Executives.