Meet Adam Levenson, the New Blog Manager

Delivering optimal health care is a complex challenge that requires the coordination and expertise of a wide variety of skilled professionals. Across different segments of care, health administrators perform a key role in this process. From ensuring patient’s rooms are sanitized to allocating the appropriate amount of staff to each floor, health care administrators create processes to maximize efficacy, efficiency and, most importantly, safety.

As the new blog manager for MHA@GW, I am excited to both celebrate and empower this remarkable group of leaders. From spotlighting the accomplishments of extraordinary students to providing valuable insights about topics related to health care management, the MHA@GW blog will continue to provide timely thought-provoking and useful content to its readers. Before I share what to expect from the MHA@GW blog in 2015, allow me to tell you a little bit about who I am.

Who am I?

My name is Adam Levenson, and I come from a family comprised of health care professionals and administrators of all types. My father, for example, owns his own dental practice in my hometown outside of Boston, Massachusetts. During my childhood, I watched him try (and often struggle) to juggle the responsibilities of treating patients and being the boss. It was clear to me that being good at one didn’t necessarily make you an expert at the other. In order to be both an effective clinician and an effective leader, you need significant training.

In college, I studied international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. As I learned about different countries, societies and cultures, I was always struck by the major disparities in health outcomes around the world. Now as the MHA@GW blog manager, I am finally able to sink my teeth into that issue. Speaking of which…

What can you expect from the MHA@GW blog in 2015?

    • The future of electronic health records: Over the past few years, industry standard Epic has lost market share and faced increased competition from companies like athenahealth. With a $15 billion Department of Defense contract up for grabs, the industry is bound for a major shake up.


 

    • Workplace wellness: Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, companies have rapidly adopted workplace wellness programs. But do these programs actually save companies money and help employees? We’ll explore one of the most heated debates in health care.
    • King v. Burwell: This historic Supreme Court hearing is less than two months away. Where will the justices stand on this issue? And what is really at stake for health care administrators?


 

    • Preventable harm: To coincide with National Patient Safety Week, we will create a resource for patients and their families to better understand certain risks associated with hospital care. Additionally, we will highlight organizations that are working hard to minimize those risks.
    • Population health: This term has become a staple of the health care vernacular, but what does it actually mean? With the help of health administrators around the country, we will try to reach a consensus.


 

    • ICD-10: We learned in late 2014 that the compliance date for ICD-10 would be pushed back another year. Will the deadline be delayed again? If so, how will another delay affect medical practices that have already made the switch? All eyes are on Congress.
    • The state of national preparedness: The 2014 Ebola crisis exposed vulnerabilities in our country’s national defense protocol for disease containment. What must we do on a national, state and local level to avoid the mistakes made in 2014? Will those efforts be enough, especially in the case of a more communicable disease such as influenza or antibiotic resistant bacterium?


 

  • Fragmentation: No list would be complete without including the elephant in the room: the fragmentation of the U.S. health care system. Everything from mergers and acquisitions to accountable care organizations (ACOs) to the Mayo Clinic’s “knowledge management system” have been touted as ways to address this growing problem. Are any of the current solutions viable? We will also keep a close eye on the evolving state of ACOs.

This list is far from complete. As we know, health care administration practices are constantly changing, and it’s not easy to predict what might happen months down the road, let alone what might happen tomorrow. Additionally, this blog is ours, not mine. Feel free to reach out to me with story ideas and topics you’d like to see covered.

And now, I encourage you to go back to what you do best: helping us all live happier and healthier lives.