Saturday, April 10, 2010

MD/MBA Careers in Academic Medical Centers


This morning at the Association of MD/MBA Programs (AMMP) 8th Annual Conference, Peter Slavin, MD, MBA (President of Massachusetts General Hospital and Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School) gave a great presentation about health care management this morning.

He started his presentation by emphasizing the importance of work/life balance. We all need to be reminded of that, don't we?

So, here are some of the key management challenges:
  • Operations
  • Finances
  • Quality/patient safety
  • Research
  • Education
  • Public policy
He went into 3 case studies and I'll highlight some of the points from these case studies:

1) Medical Management:  CMS Demonstration Project at MGH
  • 3-year demonstration project that began in 8/1/06 to reduce costs under the Medicare fee-for-service program
  • Part of a broader effort to redesign Medicare
  • Care coordination for those who are consuming the vast majority of health care resources
  • Goals: improve quality of care, patient/provider satisfaction, and reduce costs
  • 19 primary care practices with 190+ PCPs, 2,500 Medicare patients, total annual cost was $68M
  • Mass customization: services to fit patient needs (end-of-life management, psych/social interventions, transitions of care)
  • 90% of patients enrolled, 100% retention of case managers
  • Data shows: lower costs, fewer admissions, lower mortality, greater use of hospice
  • Extended for 3 more years by the CMS and expanding into additional Harvard hospitals.
2) Innovation and Technology in Health Care: Cancer genotyping
  • Real-time screening
  • Mutational profiling in lung and colorectal cancers, seeing a broad range of mutations
3) Quality and Safety: Patient monitors - a sentinel event
  • Feb 21, 2010 in the Boston Globe front page: "MGH death spurs review of patient monitors"
  • Root cause analysis revealed 3 root causes
  • Established short-term and long-term responses
Some of the questions from the audience focused around:
  • Health care reform thoughts?
  • Rotations in medical management for residents (and medical students)?
  • Greatest challenges? (work/life balance)
  • Thoughts about accountable care organizations?
Make sure to return in a few weeks to find a hyperlink to Dr. Slavin's slide presentation.

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