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Leading Change in Healthcare

A Review: 2017 SHSMD Executive Dialogue

By Lee Ann Lambdin

Between February 21–22, 2017, a group of senior-level strategic executives gathered in Scottsdale, AZ for the SHSMD Executive Dialogue: Leading Change, an interactive seminar with in-depth dialogue about healthcare strategy and marketing. I had the pleasure to attend the meeting and learn from both presenters and other attendees.


The learning objectives for this event were the following:

  • Critically consider major changes in healthcare and explore implications for healthcare strategy professionals.
  • Examine in-depth, significant organizational imperatives and the role strategic leaders play in effective planning, implementation, and execution.
  • Gain new insights into the expertise and approaches that will lead to personal and organizational success through open dialogue with recognized experts, along with peer strategic leaders.

With 3 speakers at this conference, one presentation from a sponsor, and an hour of Q&A and discussion after each speaker, there was a great deal of interaction and dialogue between the attendees. There were forty attendees, creating a true sense of intimacy and openness among those in attendance. In short, it was a very worthwhile meeting.

Pro Tips for Presenting Market Data Visualization to Any Audience

By Morgan Atkins

In the healthcare industry, marketing professionals and strategic growth planners are tasked with the important job of creating stories out of datathe art of visualization. You must take rows upon rows of data and transform it into an easily digestible formata skill that when executed properly, is extremely valuable. Anyone can create a bar graph, but the ability to create visualizations that are meaningful and insightful is an art form. 

Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Suppliers

Last week when CMS released the public data set, the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (PUPD for short), most of the articles primarily focused on the top ten physicians with the highest charges.  The focus was on sensationalism and in general missed the main point of this data.

April-May State Data Releases

Welcome back to Stratasan for our April-May edition of The State Data Release map. Many states including Arizona and Nevada are now current through 2011 and on the leading edge of data release. May is also a month with several Federal Data releases from the Center for Medicare Services and the Center for Disease Control. This map has all the states that released data in April and have scheduled releases in May. 

Healthcare Data Availability: March & April

After 85 years of service, Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, closed its doors on February 28th, 2012. The hospital employed 200 people in this small community of 14,000 located in Lackawanna County. This hospital did not close because there is a lack of healthcare need in Carbondale. The Health Resources and Services Administration currently classifies Lackawanna County as medically underserved and Stratasan predicts there will be 69,354 hospital visits in Carbondale this year. Marian Community Hospital is a part of a growing trend in America: hospital closures in spite of a growing need for healthcare.

County Health Rankings 2012: Obesity in America

On April 3rd, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with The University of Wisconsin released the 3rd annual County Health Rankings. Healthcare professionals, academics, and curious citizens are sifting through more than 30 categories of data collected on nearly every county for 2012. At Stratasan, we decided to do our first analysis on obesity.  Coming with little surprise, the West has the fewest obese people while the South continues to have the highest levels of obesity in the country. However, this is only part of the story. Just like the new County Health Rankings feature, Roadmaps, the South is traveling in the right direction.

County Public Health Rankings Released

The new County Public Health Rankings report was released today.  This report is an example that where you live can have an affect on your personal health.  Your surroundings can influence your behaviors, but even more importantly is that your behaviors can affect your surroundings.