As regular readers surely know, I am a tireless advocate for population health and for the systemic changes that will be necessary for achieving equitable, value-based healthcare in the U.S. The pandemic magnified deep-seated, complex issues we’ve struggled with for decades – unacceptably poor healthcare outcomes, disparities in access to care, and untenable costs for individual citizens and governments. It also sharpened the focus on new capabilities that will be required for healthcare workers to manage the ongoing and inevitable shift from fee-for-service to value-based models.
Over the years, I’ve been privileged to meet and work with many of the nation’s thought leaders and organizations that have advanced the value movement. Last year, I co-authored an article on workforce development for value-based care with Eric Weaver, DHA. Weaver is the executive director of the newly launched Institute for Advancing Health Value, a non-profit, peer-learning, member organization of healthcare organizations focused on accelerating the transition to value-based care through competency-based workforce transformation.
The institute is housed at Western Governors University (WGU), an innovative non-profit online university specializing in competency-based education. As a member of the institute’s Health Advisory Council, I took the opportunity to get his perspective on where we are now — and where we’re headed in the near future.