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Tom Robertson, Executive Director of the Vizient Research Institute and Will Ferniany, CEO of the UAB Health System return to discuss a possible role for genomics in reducing health inequities, the shortage of mental health resources, Will’s thoughts on national investments in public health and education, and their shared view that macroeconomic systemic change is unavoidable in the long term.

 

Guest speaker:

Will Ferniany, PhD

CEO

University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

 

Moderator:

Tom Robertson

Executive Director

Vizient Research Institute

 

Show Notes:

[0:34] Global budgeting 

[03:15] Health inequities  

[04:25] Healthy Alabama 2030   

[5:11] Alabama Genomics Initiative to improve treatment of minority populations in the state

[05:46] Mental health  

[07:28] America health care is in the sickness industry, not in the health industry. Resources come when organizations care for the sick.

[8:00] Suggestions: 1. Invest in public health and education; 2. Pay hospitals based on total cost to get the patient at highest level of life function

[10:00] Defining health care as a public good

[10:54] Leaders of health care organizations has to be willing to disrupt the industry before health care reaches its breaking point

 

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Dr. Will Ferniany’s bio Click here

UAB Medicine: About UAB Click here

 

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Tom Robertson, Executive Director of the Vizient Research Institute sits down with Will Ferniany, CEO of the UAB Health System to discuss virtual patient encounters (before and after COVID) and their impact on ambulatory facility capacity, Will’s thoughts on the unique challenges facing rural health care providers, and the concept of global spending budgets as an alternative to traditional funding.

 

Guest speaker:

Will Ferniany, PhD

CEO

University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System

 

Moderator:

Tom Robertson

Executive Director

Vizient Research Institute

 

Show Notes:

[01:13] Virtual options: eUAB and telemedicine 

[03:57] UAB’s Health Loop uses apps

[07:50] Need to figure out what to do with excess ancillary clinical facilities and office space

[10:45] UAB’s payment model has faculty complete agnostic to the payer class of the patient

[12:35] Rural hospitals in Alabama are financially stronger than they ere before the pandemic

[12:50] Systemic changes needed for rural care

[13:56] Rural hospitals should not be paid on a fee-for-service basis like the big urban hospitals

[14:20] Global budgeting

[15:05] Manpower shortages in rural hospitals due to restricted J-1 visas

 

Links | Resources:

Dr. Will Ferniany’s bio Click here

UAB Medicine: About UAB Click here

 

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