We are pleased to welcome Dr. Eric Weaver to the ACLC and look forward to his principled leadership. Most recently, Eric was a VP at Innovista Health Solutions, and prior to that, President and CEO of Integrated ACO in Austin, Texas. He begins his new service at the ACLC with a short video introduction and a letter to members which you can find below. To see his full bio, click here.
Dear ACLC Members,
Today we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his enduring influence in this world. Believe it or not, Dr. King was an early proponent of value-based care. As a civil rights leader, he recognized how the manifestation of institutional racism creates health inequities and racial disparities in care. Dr. King’s famous quotation regarding injustice in health care, namely, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and inhumane” is a reminder for us all the importance of health equity in value-based care. Every human deserves an equal opportunity to be healthy, and as leaders, we must advocate as such.
As we reflect on the importance of social justice and health equity, I thought it would be important to reference population health research that shows us that the American health care system is not immune to institutional racial discrimination.
We must overcome institutional racial discrimination in the health care system. Inequities that result from this system failure lead to poor health outcomes in the African-American community, and the ACLC would like to raise awareness of this issue to our member health care organizations.
In this year, at this time, I also find these words of wisdom from Dr. King particularly meaningful and poignant, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity . . . I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” I absolutely believe that truth and love will prevail. I invite you to believe the same, and then work to make it so.
Dear ACLC Members,
With Thanksgiving this week, I want to take this time to express the importance of gratitude in the value-based care movement. Our learning collaborative was founded on the premise that value-based care begins and ends with the competency of the team. Although competencies in health value are often strategically or operationally focused, the ability to execute upon on them is entirely based on organizational culture. In this season of giving thanks, let’s take the time to reflect on the importance of gratitude in company culture, and as leaders, how we can foster this in the environment of care and in the dynamic of our teams.
Gratitude is such a key function of our social lives and our evolution as a species. Practicing gratitude at an individual level can have profound personal health benefits and promote healing. A study published last year also found that gratitude from patients significantly enhanced care team performance. The inverse is true as well -- when care teams express an “attitude of gratitude” towards patients, care outcomes improve! Gratitude is a truly powerful force in health care and in the workplace.
This week Daniel and I had a powerful conversation with a patient who experienced “The Healing Power of Gratitude” and his spiritual journey is featured on this week’s Race to Value podcast. This moving conversation renewed within me a sense of commitment to live courageously with a deep sense of gratitude and love for others. I hope you join me in this commitment, as it will embolden our efforts to transform the health system.
We need gratitude in health care more than ever as it is the key to unlocking the love needed to heal others – and ourselves. Providers are experiencing moral injury because of COVID-19 and the flaws of fee-for-service medicine that devalue human connectedness. COVID is a constant reminder that we are all intrinsically connected, even when we’re forced to be physically distant. We are in this together. I hope that this message of communal gratitude reminds us that despite our physical distance we are communally resilient. As leaders in value-based care, we all recognize that COVID is a catalyzing moment, a moment to push even harder for the health system that America wants and needs. Let’s use this historic moment to act not only out of an economic imperative but also out of a commitment to gratitude as the purest of expression of love for others. That is truly what the value-based care movement is all about.
Stay safe and be well. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Eric Weaver, DHA, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE
Executive Director, ACLC
“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie
In my first letter to you as the new Executive Director of the ACLC, I want to use this opportunity to reaffirm our absolute commitment to our members during these challenging times. We are here for you in supporting the transformation of your organization for the future!
Although specific assumptions about the future state of healthcare are now even more speculative, the economic imperative for value-based care is certain. The radical incrementalism towards value that was more palatable for old incumbents and entrenched interests in FFS will no longer be the norm. Pre-coranavirus, annual federal deficits were forecast to peak at 5-percent of GDP and slowly shrink for a decade. That was before the passage of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act (with more stimulus spending to come). This borrowing will inflate the country's debt to over 100-percent of GDP, the first time since World War II that the debt held by the federal government will be larger than the nation's economic output in a year.
Gov. Leavitt stressed in our Member Event plenary session last month that the U.S. health care industry is in a race to value. As we look to stabilize fiscal policy and recover economically, value-based care will be a main lever for future federal spending reform. The move to value will be further bolstered by active consumerism following the pandemic as well. Expect meaningful progress in the value agenda in the next few years -- the previous headwinds preventing full penetration of risk-based payment will increasingly diminish as we leverage new consumer norms around telehealth, outcomes accountability, and cost transparency.
As healthcare leaders, we must embrace this opportunity with optimism. Although the news media shows us a world with impending calamity, civil unrest, and economic uncertainty at every turn, the ACLC believes in a vision for a better tomorrow. These unprecedented times will serve as an opportunity for the healthcare industry to reach a significant inflection point for value-based care transformation.
Going forward in this new era, the ACLC will continue to be a partner that you can look to for continuous learning and capacity development related to value-based care. In this race to value the ACLC aspires to provide you with the resources and relationships you need to navigate change. Through your membership, you have enjoyed access to education, networking and peer learning, and business intelligence to become a more effective organization. We are committed to your long-term success in delivering value in health. Please join me in inviting others to join the race to value – use the hashtag #racetovalue to highlight on social media the value-based work you’re doing to accelerate industry success.
And please keep an eye out for new developments with the ACLC as we have plans to expand our service offerings in the months to come. I look forward to seeing you all at our Member Event in the Fall! (meeting details forthcoming).
Eric Weaver, DHA, MHA, FACHE, FACMPE
Executive Director, ACLC