Healthcare Keynote Topics

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Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing It Right for Half The Cost

There is only one way to do healthcare for far less money, and that is to do it far better, for everyone. The answer is not political, but lies inside healthcare itself, in five specific strategies detailed in Joe Flower’s book, Healthcare Beyond Reform: Doing it Right for Half the Cost. This is a powerful talk, a hopeful vision, a practical roadmap for healthcare, a challenge and an inspiration to everyone involved.

2014 through 2016: Politics, the Law, and Industry Transformation

In these next years healthcare will continue to rock to its foundations. The dynamics are far more complex and the currents far more compelling than they seem on the surface. We need much deeper clarity than we can get from network talking heads. It’s time to untangle the political, legal, and healthcare industry threads.

The X Questions: Strategy for the Next Healthcare

2014 through 2016 present a unique and compelling opportunity for healthcare executives to drive deep change. The key questions are different now from what they were in the past, even from what they were last year. Most of today’s healthcare CEOs and C-suite leaders are missing many of the key questions they need to ask to drive strategy now, this year, this budget, in order to survive the next three to seven years. Which of these ten strategy questions are you missing?

If we hope to be, as Buckminister Fuller said, “Architects of the future, not its victims,” we have to change the way we think in specific ways.

Employers’ Framework: How to Get Better Health and Healthcare for Less

If you want to drive your healthcare costs down—while helping your employees to better health—you have to act like a CEO and take charge of your supply chain. Employers across the country have been employing a new mindset and specific new strategies to get cheaper, better healthcare. Here’s how to tackle the problem for your organization.

The Next Healthcare: The Path of Survival and Growth For You and Your Profession

Healthcare is still changing rapidly. 2014 through 2016 will continue to be unstable. Everyone in healthcare, from physicians and nurses to pharmacists and insurance brokers, is wondering what to do: What is the best path forward, for their part of healthcare and for them personally? Joe Flower has been advising groups as diverse as hospital executives, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmaceutical marketers, independent pharmacists, health plans, health insurance brokers and consultants, community health groups, free clinics, ambulatory surgery centers, home health providers, emergency physicians, healthcare suppliers, device manufacturers, and healthcare information companies. Whatever your group, Flower’s practical, useful insights and analysis will help you plan your future better.

How We Can Drive Down Real Costs in Health Care

The emerging future of health care shows definite and startling features: Far beyond merely “bending the cost curve” of health care inflation, various organizations across the country are showing how to actually drive the cost down by substantial amounts, without depriving anyone of anything. What is emerging from the private sector is a coherent collaborative strategy. Flower shows how it works and how to make it work, with clear examples, models, and parameters.

Where We’re Really Headed: Health Care 2020 and Beyond

The trends, vectors, and forces that are rapidly re-shaping health care are far deeper and broader than what is written into the health care reform act. Within a decade the structure, economics, legal position, and technological underpinnings of health care will be nearly unrecognizable. The organizations that thrive in these changes will be the organizations that best understand, anticipate, and build for them.

Facing The Physician Crisis

More than half of our current physicians intend to retire or cut back their practices at the very time that 30 to 40 million new people are entering the system, and the Baby Boom is entering its years of “peak medicine.” The necessity of producing more doctors, and emphasizing primary care, is obvious, but the real answer is far larger. Helping doctors become more efficient and effective could in effect greatly increase the number of available doctors and the time they have to give to patients, and restructuring and re-thinking how we do much of health care (particularly chronic care) could make the whole process far more effective and efficient — and far less expensive.

Nurses: A Key To Better Faster Cheaper Health Care

We now actually have considerable experience, data, examples, and outcomes of pilots that show exactly how to provide better health care, for less, for everyone. They have a number of factors in common, such as much more emphasis on primary care, prevention, and chronic care; teamwork; tight control of processes; and partnering with patients. All of these clearly illuminate making far better use of nurses – at the very moment that we are losing nurses out of direct patient care every day. Nurses are key to a better future. Let’s take a look at how that works.

“Patient In Chief:” Putting the Customer in Charge

The road to real “consumer-driven health care” is twisty and full of potholes. But some health care providers, some employers, and some insurers are making it work so well that it begins to look like the answer. Let’s take a look: What makes a difference? What’s so hard about it? What do we need to do to make it work? Who’s making it work? How? Is there a formula?

The End of Health Care As We Know It: Techniques, Technologies, and Treatments

New technologies, pharmaceuticals, and methods of treatment will over the coming decade short-circuit much of today’s medical care, replacing it with cheaper, easier, more precise, more effective techniques that will produce startling changes in health care.

Data-Driven Health Care: Better Faster Cheaper

For the first time, we have the potential to use real data to drive the effectiveness of health care. But large practical obstacles bar the way. We can’t get there from here without specific action and real leadership from across the industry.

The Next Health Care: Talks For Specific Industry Sectors

Flower regularly brings his analysis of the future to specific industry sectors and stakeholders, such as:

  • Hospitals, health care systems, and hospital associations
  • Clinics and clinic associations
  • Physician groups and other professional associations
  • Behavioral health
  • Long-term care and hospice
  • Pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Health care financial managers
  • Health plans and managed care
  • Major vendors
  • Employers
  • Investors

For each of these sectors, Flower unpacks the changes engulfing health care, and illustrates precisely how those trends and forces will re-shape the sector, re-define their part of the industry, shift their goals, their finances, their strategies, and their effectiveness.