|ACHE National News - Fall 2016|
ACHE Wants Your Input on Our Strategic Plan
ACHE annually examines its strategic plan with a continuing focus on meeting the evolving needs of its membership and of the healthcare management field. Each year, proposed refinements to the strategic plan are reviewed and discussed at the Board of Governors meeting that takes place in June, with final revisions presented and approved in November.
If you would like to provide your feedback, please take a moment to review the draft 2017–2019 Strategic Plan (PDF) and send us your thoughts, comments and ideas for improvement.
Please direct your email response to Megan Silverman, Strategic Project Manager, ACHE, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments is Oct. 21, 2016.
Save Time and Money with ACHE Self-Study Program
Earn ACHE Qualified Education credits by completing a course through ACHE's Self-Study Program. Self-Study courses are portable and ready for you anytime—at home, in the office, and more. Topics include finance, human resources, leadership and management. Each course is worth six hours of ACHE Qualified Education credit. Take advantage of ACHE's special offer: Purchase one self-study course and receive a second course at 50 percent off. Review a list of available courses and corresponding Health Administration Press books and place an order.
ACHE Offers Tuition Waiver Assistance for Education Programs
To increase the availability of ACHE educational programming for Members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.
ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Those in career transition also are encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:
Congress on Healthcare Leadership
Online Education Programs
Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course
All requests are due at least eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application for complete information. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision at least six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.
If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or email@example.com. For more information, visit ache.org/Tuitionwaiver.
Nearly Half of U.S. Physicians Plan to Accelerate Their Retirement Plans
Struggling to keep up with a changing healthcare field has caused morale among physicians to hit a low point, according to the results of a biennial survey commissioned by the Physicians Foundation. The report, titled 2016 Survey of America's Physicians: Practice Patterns and Perspectives, includes responses from more than 17,000 physicians. Based on the results of the survey, 48 percent of respondents plan to cut back on hours, retire, take a non-clinical job, switch to "concierge" medicine or take other steps to limit patient accessâ€”marking an increase from roughly 44 percent in 2014. The decrease could translate to a reduction in force of tens of thousands of physicians.
"Survey of Over 17,000 Physicians Finds Shifting Practice Patterns Limit Patient Access to Care"
CooperKatz & Co. for the Physicians Foundation, Sept. 21, 2016
Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana Mergers Could Limit Patient Access to Care
In 2015, Anthem announced plans to acquire Cigna, and Aetna announced plans to acquire Humana, to little opposition from state regulators. Two new analyses released Wednesday by the American Medical Association suggest the insurance mergers may exceed federal antitrust guidelines and cause harm across numerous markets. In fact, the analyses reveal the Anthem-Cigna merger would reduce competition in 121 metropolitan areas across 14 states and the Aetna-Humana merger would reduce competition in 57 metropolitan areas across 15 states. According to AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, the mergers would also "threaten healthcare access, quality and affordability."
“New Analyses Support Blocking Pending Insurance Mergers"
AMA Wire, Sept. 21, 2016
EpiPen Spending Soars Among Elderly Patients and Medicare Beneficiaries
The number of prescriptions written for Medicare patients rose 164 percent between 2007 and 2014, from 80,000 users to more than 211,000, according to a new report. During that same time, the cost of EpiPens rose, translating to a total program spending increase of nearly 1,100 percent. During the seven-year period studied, average out-of-pocket spending for Medicare beneficiaries with drug coverage nearly doubled per EpiPen, from $30 to $56. The study, conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, comes amid House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearings over EpiPen price increases.
Appleby, J., and Carey, M.
“It's Not Just For Kids: Medicare EpiPen Spending Up 1,100 Percent”
Kaiser Health News, Sept. 21, 2016
CDC and Florida Officials Allocate Additional Funds, Resources to Fight Zika
In response to the ongoing spread of Zika virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has spent $2.5 million on laboratory resources for several states, including Florida, the Miami Herald reports. Gov. Rick Scottâ€”who has repeatedly criticized the federal government for failing to provide adequate resources to combat Zikaâ€”visited the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami this week and announced he ordered more equipment and staff for the effort as well. The Florida Department of Health is also doing its part by reviewing its Zika testing procedures to speed up results, State Surgeon General Celeste Philip, MD, told the Herald.
"Zika Testing Gets a Boost With More Lab Supplies and Staffing”
Miami Herald, Sept. 20, 2016
U.S. Adoption of Value-Based Care Rated 'Moderate' in New Report
The Economist's Intelligence Unit and Medtronic reviewed literature, research, international advisory panel recommendations and conducted interviews with industry experts to determine how 25 different countries are progressing toward value-based care. According to the resulting report, the United States falls in the middle of the pack. The U.S. scored moderately in three categories—enabling policy and institutions for value in healthcare; integrated and patient-focused care; and outcomes-based payment approachâ€”and earned high marks for measuring outcomes and costs. The country's performance puts it on par with Australia and Japan, though all three nations excelled in different categories. Sweden was ranked highly aligned to value-based care overall, followed by the United Kingdom.
“U.S. Has Made Moderate Progress in Value-Based Care Compared to 25 Countries”
Becker's Hospital Review, Sept. 21, 2016
Adults Age 50 and Older Fail to Engage in Physical Activities
Roughly 31 million adults aged 50 years or older are physically inactive, meaning they engage in no physical activity beyond what was required for work, according to a new study. That translates to about one in four adults in the United States. Leading such a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to serious health consequences and impact a person's length and quality of life, according to Kathleen B. Watson, PhD, of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. The study was based on data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, with included responses from 276,919 people.
“More Than 1 in 4 Adults Get No Regular Exercise, Study Shows”
Medscape Medical News,Sept. 15, 2016