value-based care

With a mission to address significant health disparities and unsustainably high health care costs in the United States, the University of Houston has hired an accomplished physician and leader in medical education and health services research to direct the Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute. Dr. LeChauncy Woodard becomes the first director of the Humana Institute, which is committed to producing high-impact research that changes policy, innovative educational programs that prepare a new generation of health care providers and novel programs that support community transformation.

Woodard is a general internist and joins the UH College of Medicine after two decades at Baylor College of Medicine where she held several faculty positions in the departments of internal medicine, family and community medicine and more. She was also the director of the Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity because the unique partnership with Humana provides the foundation to unite the existing health disciplines at UH with the new College of Medicine which will enable our students to collaborate and lead integrated health care teams to increase the value and quality of care for patients,” said Woodard, whose vast research portfolio includes a focus on quality of care, treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, health disparities, and the interrelated social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to health outcomes.

Woodard said she plans to harness UH’s research expertise and form cross-disciplinary teams to tackle the most pressing complex health care problems. “I’m particularly excited to work with the underserved communities of Houston because I grew up in one. I believe that if we take care of the sickest people then we can elevate the health of the entire population.”

Woodard grew up in the Acres Homes neighborhood of northwest Houston where poverty is high and access to health care is low. Her late father’s struggle with chronic illness fueled her passion for medicine and desire to improve health disparities.

“It really impacts the quality of life for the whole family and limits the things you’re able to do,” she said. “I look forward to contributing in a meaningful way to address this problem.”

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Woodard join the UH family to lead the Humana Institute,” said Tray Cockerell, Strategic Relationships, Office of the Chief Medical Officer at Humana. “Dr. Woodard’s background, experience and passion for improving the health of individuals and communities aligns perfectly with our mission. She also understands the importance of integrating the components of care delivery – medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work and other non-traditional components of the healthcare system – to achieve value in healthcare.  She will be an excellent director of the Humana Institute.”

Along with serving on the College of Medicine faculty in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences, she will treat patients at Lone Star Circle of Care, the Federally Qualified Health Center in UH’s Health 2 building.

“Dr. Woodard is a compassionate and confident physician, educator and researcher with an impressive track record and even brighter future. She’s the perfect fit to lead the Humana Institute and our charge to transform the health care system,” said Dr. Stephen Spann, founding dean of the College of Medicine. “Her professional and personal experiences with health disparities and quality of care will ignite development of new health care models to make the system more effective, equitable and patient-centered.”

The Humana Integrated Health System Sciences Institute was launched in September 2018 with a $15 million gift from Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) to help defray start-up and operational costs for the College of Medicine, as well as fund endowed chairs at the colleges of nursing, pharmacy, social work, optometry and medicine. The College of Medicine is scheduled to admit thirty students in its inaugural class pending accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

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Dr. William Shrank

Dr. William Shrank, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about his goals at the company.

“At Humana, Shrank took on a portfolio that includes expanding population health management, addressing social determinants and integrating clinical operations with some of Humana’s recently acquired assets, including Kindred Healthcare,” the publication wrote. “Shrank recently met with Modern Healthcare’s editorial board to discuss his goals at the large insurer.”

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William Shrank, MD, MSHS

Dr. William Shrank, Humana’s Chief Medical Officer, recently met with HealthExec “to chat about all things integrated care, why ‘social determinants of health’ has become a buzzword and what keeps him up at night.”

“In an increasingly complex world, one major healthcare provider is attempting to bridge the gaps of a fragmented healthcare system,” the publication wrote. “Louisville, Kentucky-based Humana has recently brought on board a new chief medical officer, William Shrank, MD, MSHS, to advance the healthcare company’s clinical strategy and lead the industry as a champion of integrated care.”

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Humana was honored to be asked to participate in the 2019 International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM) in the Netherlands. With 1,200 healthcare leaders from across the globe, we were happy to participate as a healthcare company moving those we serve into better outcomes at lower costs by associating with physicians in successful value-based models of care.  

Roy Beveridge, MD, former Humana Chief Medical Officer and current advisor, moderated a panel of experts on the topic of Examples of Value Based Payment Models. More than 200 healthcare leaders attended to hear real-life examples from organizations at the beginning of the VBC journey and others who are farther along. Panelists included Ward Bijlsma, Mengis; Lili Brillstein, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Jeroen van der Wolk, Zilveren Kruis; Erik van Raaij, Erasmus University; and Eva de Boer, Erasmus University. The audience was very engaged, and the discussion was informative.

Dr. Beveridge also participated on a signature panel of thought leaders on the topics of Value Based Health Care. This panel was presented for all 1,200 conference attendees and was moderated by Herb Riband, Stanford University. Panelists included: Pall Jonsson, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; Nathalie Moll, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations; and Jan Kimpen, Philips.

One conference attendee called Humana “one of the most advanced insurance companies in the U.S.” based on our value-based care and social determinants work. Dr. Beveridge shared many insights, one of which was, “fee-for-service models are inherently wasteful and inhibit innovation; and most importantly, they don’t produce the best outcomes for patients. We have to push the boundaries and think of healthcare really differently. In some U.S. states, we have been working in value-based care models for 20 years; in others, we’re just getting started.”

Finally, on Friday, ICHOM and Humana will co-host a thought-leadership breakfast for a select group of 30 conference attendees to share thoughts on the importance of having a global population measure and propose that the CDC’s Healthy Days tool may be a good option. It’s a self-report measure that is critical in understanding the patient experience and while simple, is correlated with health outcomes. Highlights from this thought-leadership conversation will be captured as a white paper or issue brief for publication.

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Dr. Roy Beveridge, Humana’s chief medical officer, writes in Managed Healthcare Executive that “value-based care is proving its worth to both physicians and patients alike through improved care, greater reimbursement levels, and lower cost—delivering on the promise of the right care at the right time at the right cost.”

He notes that physicians in value-based arrangements can expect lower healthcare costs, more shared savings, and a higher percent of the overall healthcare dollar compared to the national average.

Read the full article here, and learn more from Humana’s latest Value-Based Care Report here.

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