When we started out the Denver Medical Study Group, the purpose was to become more knowledgeable in healthcare innovation and reform. That created a learning platform for our group and that is why we do what we do. That’s why we bring in speakers that we bring in because they are doing it, whatever it may be.
We have had discussions with our group about where the decisions are made regarding good healthcare. It was almost unanimous that the best decisions are made at the local level. For example, we have a medical group here in Colorado that is doing an excellent job of providing primary care for their patients. But their CEO felt the need to focus more on mental healthcare as it has such a significant impact on physical healthcare. It was a tough financial decision since mental healthcare reimbursement is not very good. The decision was made to move forward with psychologists and counselors to be a part of their patients healing process. It has been very successful and they are considering bringing in a psychiatrist as well.
This type of strategic planning that steps “outside the nine dots” so to speak, needs to be done by other medical groups as well—and it is! Part of the focus of the Denver Medical Study Group is to provide examples of how that is being done and see where it can be replicated. Come join us to hear more about what other groups are doing!