“Buckle Up, and Expect to Find Yourselves in Greater Demand,” AHA Leader Tells Risk Managers
October 29, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System
An American Hospital Association (AHA) survey of hospital executives identifies a "long list" of changes ahead for hospitals and, with it, "new responsibilities for risk managers," AHA President and Chief Executive Officer Richard J. Umbdenstock told attendees at the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management's annual conference in Anaheim, California. Speaking at the October 27, 2014, opening keynote address, Umbdenstock listed some of the changes in healthcare anticipated by the surveyed executives: more hospitals affiliated with systems; more physicians employed by hospitals; less revenue from inpatient care and more from outpatient settings; repurposed inpatient care beds for rehabilitation, behavioral health, and other nonacute services; and more interaction with patients via web-based communication. "There will be risk in all of this," he told attendees. "You are in a position to help manage the change . . . Buckle up, and expect to find yourselves in greater demand."