Heard Around The M3 – Food for Thought From Various M3 Speakers

M3 was a chance to discuss issues with colleagues.

M3 was a chance to discuss issues with colleagues.

The M3—Merging Medicine and Management – Conference last weekend in Raleigh brought together 280 North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) and North Carolina Medical Group Management Association members, as well as more than 50 exhibitors along with invited guests.

Beyond the opportunity to socialize with colleagues, many attendees praised the opportunity to hear from prominent state and national speakers on the issues facing the medical profession and what is being done to meet the challenges. A theme running throughout the conference centered on addressing the social determinants of health as a way to curb health care costs as well as better manage population health. Other sessions focused on innovative payment and care management initiatives; physician wellness and organizational and leadership dynamics.

Below are a few provocative facts and statements gleaned from M3 educational sessions. See the slides from each presentation to learn more.

From 2011-2014 the percent of physicians reporting burnout grew from 45 percent to 54 percent. The average for all US workers is holding steady at 28 percent over that time period.

Mingling at the M3.

Mingling at the M3.

Paul DeChant, MD MBA, Deptuty Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health, on “High Engagement and Low Burnout: Solutions for Your Workplace.”

50 percent of medical students today are on anti-depressants.

Paul DeChant, MD MBA, Deptuty Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health, on “High Engagement and Low Burnout: Solutions for Your Workplace.”

400 physicians a year commit suicide in this country.

 Paul DeChant, MD MBA, Deptuty Chief Health Officer, IBM Watson Health, on “High Engagement and Low Burnout: Solutions for Your Workplace.”

“These are difficult times.”

Robert Laszewski, President, Health Care Policy & Strategy Associates, on “U.S. Health Policy in the Trump Era.”

“Obamacare is a tale of two cities. For the poorest folks, it’s good. It’s the middle class that is suffering.”

Robert Laszewski, President, Health Care Policy & Strategy Associates, on “U.S. Health Policy in the Trump Era.”

“’It’s the prices, stupid.’ We have to bring costs under control. There is an analogy between the rise in college tuition and health care costs. We’ve built up this huge infrastructure. We need to control the money that goes into the system. We need to put the system on a diet.”

Robert Laszewski, President, Health Care Policy & Strategy Associates, on “U.S. Health Policy in the Trump Era.”

“Keep an open mind about change and don’t try to hold on to the past.”

Robert Laszewski, President, Health Care Policy & Strategy Associates, on “U.S. Health Policy in the Trump Era.”

July 2019 would be the earliest ‘go-live’ date for the state’s Medicaid managed care reforms.

NC DHHS Sec. Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, on “How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?”

“Clay County in North Carolina has a 24 percent infant mortality rate. That’s on par with Mongolia.”

NC DHHS Sec. Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, on “How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Going?”

Weekly ‘tuck-in’ is the Thursday call to high-risk patients to make sure all their needs are met. If not, they can be seen in the clinic on Friday.

Mark Gwynne, DO, Senior Medical Director, UNC Health Alliance/UNC Senior Alliance on “ACO Innovations: Redesigning Care Delivery to Meet Population Needs.”

Surgeons tend to be Republican. Psychiatrists tend to be Democrats.

NC Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, on “Your Physician in the General Assembly.”

There has been a 55 to 65 percent reduction in malpractice cases since the NCMS was successful in helping to get tort reform passed in the legislature in 2011.

NC Rep. Greg Murphy, MD, on “Your Physician in the General Assembly.”

“Physicians have been following a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy when dealing with patients’ unmet social needs.”

Rebecca Onie, JD, CEO, Health Leads on “Tackling Social Determinants: The Key to Bending the Cost Curve.”

“Value-based health care means values based leadership.”

Rebecca Onie, JD, CEO, Health Leads on “Tackling Social Determinants: The Key to Bending the Cost Curve.”

Social determinants of health are not just a Medicaid thing. If social needs are met, it has an economic impact on the practice.

Rebecca Onie, JD, CEO, Health Leads on “Tackling Social Determinants: The Key to Bending the Cost Curve.”

If you went to M3, please share your thoughts on some of the presentations that you attended.

 
 

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