|by Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE|
As healthcare leaders in Washington, we are privileged to serve over 7 million residents across the state. Nearly 10% of those residents will end up in one of our hospitals. Millions will see our providers in our clinics and outpatient settings. However, healthcare is changing and as leaders we need to respond. Margins are tight and our traditional way of doing business is changing. Innovations in care delivery models and more robust data systems are helping the healthcare community respond to our changing needs, but is it fast enough? Payment reform under MACRA continues to be a hot topic across our communities and may lead to continued consolidation of physician practices. The upcoming presidential election will also potentially change the trajectory of how patients access care and our reimbursed model.
This is certainly an interesting time to be a leader in healthcare. At WSHEF we represent nearly 1000 healthcare leaders across the state that are working through these opportunities and challenges on a daily basis. Each one of us is committed to serving our communities in one way or another. Your WSHEF board and dedicated committee members have continued to offer networking, education and advancement resources, all in an interest to add value to our membership. As we move into the fall, I look forward to our annual breakfast meeting held on October 14th in conjunction with the WSHA annual conference. You can register by clicking https://wshaconnect.wsha.org/annualmeeting2016/Pages/default.aspx and selecting the ACHE Breakfast. Additionally our Meet-n-Mingle events have restarted and always offer a unique opportunity to connect with colleagues and discuss hot topics in healthcare. Many of you are working towards board certification and I encourage all of you to access the resources that ACHE and the chapter have for you. Please stay connected as we are working to revamp our website and social media channels in the coming months with new content and resources and let a chapter leader know if you have questions or feedback.
On behalf of the board, I’d like to extend our gratitude to have the opportunity to serve and represent you for ACHE and please let us know how we can add value to your career as healthcare leaders in 2016.
Martin Benning, MHA, FACHE
Washington State Healthcare Executives Forum