Will Ferniany, CEO University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System (Part 1)

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


University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System



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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