Sg2 Perspectives

A podcast connecting you to Sg2 thought leadership…anytime, anywhere.

Sg2 Perspectives brings together Sg2 experts and health care industry thought leaders to discuss popular Sg2 publications, key event takeaways and other strategic topics keeping health system leadership teams up at night. The podcast is hosted by Trevor DaRin, Jayme Zage, PhD, and Tori Richie, and new episodes will be released every Wednesday. Contact the hosts anytime at Sg2Perspectives@sg2.com.

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 February 16, 2022

104: Thriving as an Independent Hospital

This week on Sg2 Perspectives we’re turning our attention to small community hospitals that are committed to independence. Sg2 just published an updated version of our Remaining Independent report that outlines considerations for these hospitals, and today, podcast host Senior Director Trevor DaRin and Sg2 Principal Jeff Moser share five big areas to focus on—workforce, local consumerism, local management expertise, care continuum infrastructure and financial stability—and how Sg2 is using this framework to help small independent hospital leadership teams prioritize.

 

Sg2 members can read the updated Remaining Independent report here.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 February 9, 2022

103: Focus on the Margins: Cost Reduction Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Growth

As hospitals and health systems continue to find ways to achieve sustainable growth in the landscape of accelerating changes, keeping an eye on cost is essential. Cost challenges are not new, but they may need to be approached a bit differently than they have in the past. This week, Sg2 Perspectives host Principal Jayme Zage, PhD, is joined by Sg2 Principals Mark Larson and Jeff Moser, who discuss today’s cost reduction strategies, how organizations can infuse strategy into operational planning, and four key areas to focus on: strategic labor deployment, clinical efficiency, supply chain and pharmacy, and service rationalization.

 

Sg2 members can access our Executive Briefing, Strengthening Margins in an Era of Shrinking Revenue—Top Four Cost Strategies, to learn more about the four areas that offer health systems opportunity for cost reduction as they work toward healthy margins.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 February 2, 2022

102: Vizient Health Equity Strategy Accelerator: Finding Organizational Clarity in Advancing Health Equity

This week on Sg2 Perspectives, host Jayme Zage, Sg2 Principal, and Sg2 Principal Karyl Kopaskie, PhD, and Associate Principal Eric Lam discuss Vizient’s Health Equity Strategy Accelerator, a rapid-cycle strategic course designed to help organizations understand their ambition to address health equity goals and their organizational readiness to address and implement health equity strategic initiatives. Jayme, Karyl and Eric detail not only how the Strategy Accelerator program helped organizations assess their health equity needs and what organizations need to consider as they move forward with their strategic plans, but also key findings such as the need to improve upon data collection and where the highest community vulnerabilities lie within a local market.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 January 26, 2022

101: The Year Ahead: Top Health System Priorities for 2022

Sg2 is composed of a future-focused group of strategists, and at the beginning of each year, we walk our members through our perspective on the top trends, issues, and opportunities for hospitals and health systems for the coming year in our Year Ahead webinar. In this episode, Sg2’s Associate Principal Jennifer O’Connor, FACHE, Senior Advisor Steve Jenkins, and Senior Principal Bill Woodson join us to talk about the health care landscape for 2022 and areas of strategic focus for many organizations: workforce challenges and solutions; competition stemming from M&A, particularly in primary care and with specialty physicians; analytical rigor in health equity strategy; and how to think about growth opportunities through a new framework consisting of three elements.

 

Sg2 members can watch 2022: The Year Ahead webinar on-demand here.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 January 19, 2022

100: Health System Growth Priorities: Stories from the Field

For the first time on Sg2 Perspectives, we welcome two members of Sg2’s Client Service Delivery team, Principal, Sg2 Client Relations, Alison Wishnick and Client Relations Director Katie Leo. In this episode, Alison and Katie talk to us about what they’re hearing from Sg2 member strategic planning and executive teams regarding their priorities for 2022, including a return to long-term strategic and capital planning and utilizing data to leverage value and inform their health equity strategies.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 January 12, 2022

99: Building Organizational Resiliency: How Children’s Hospitals Have Refined Their Strategies During Uncertain Times

This week on Sg2 Perspectives, we take you inside Sg2’s 2021 Children’s Hospital Group Affinity Meeting, providing audio from our Children’s Hospital Enterprise Member Panel. Facilitated by Sg2 Principal Rebecca Limestall and Principal and Medical Director of Quality and Strategy Madeleine McDowell, MD, FAAP, guest panelists Ashlie Hilbun, EdD, MSW, CFRE, FACHE, from Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Divya Joshi, MD, MMM, FAAP, FACPE, from Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD, FAAP, from UC Davis Children’s Hospital; and Michelle McGuire from Children’s National Hospital share lessons learned and strategies deployed during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how their organizations are addressing workforce challenges and focusing on pediatric behavioral health.

Sg2 members can access more resources from our 2021 Children’s Hospital Affinity Group Meeting here.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 

 January 5, 2022

98: What Is on the Minds of Health System Boards?

This week on Sg2 Perspectives, we’re focusing on health system boards: what they are focused on right now, as well as what they may be focused on in the future. Sg2 Principal Jennifer O’Connor, FACHE, and Principal Jeff Moser join us to discuss how board interactions have changed over the past two years; the current hot topics at board updates (eg, workforce, innovation, capital planning, growth); and what boards might be thinking about in the year ahead (eg, consumerism, M&A, population health and value-based care).

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 December 22, 2021

97: What’s the Real Market Opportunity? Utilizing Sg2 Insurance Coverage Estimates to Understand Local Payer Enrollment

In this week’s Sg2 Perspectives, Sg2 Director and podcast host Trevor DaRin, Associate Principal Brian Esser and Director Tori Richie dive into Sg2’s Insurance Coverage Estimates, an analytic tool built by Sg2 to help our members not only understand what their market looks like from a payer enrollment perspective but also explore the local dynamics that might change those enrollment patterns in the future. Trevor, Brian and Tori discuss Medicare, Medicaid and commercial health insurance, as well as the health insurance exchanges, covering the larger trends and our projections for how the landscape may change over the next five years, including the impacts of the public health emergency and policy/regulatory changes.

For more on the key payment and policy impacts across payer classes, Sg2 members can watch our recent Strategic Payment Update and What to Consider for 2022 webinar on-demand here.

 

Sg2’s Insurance Coverage Estimates Click here

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 December 15, 2021

96: Sg2 AMC Summit 2021: Rearranging the Psychological Furniture of AMC Systems of CARE

Some of Sg2’s earliest members were academic medical centers (AMCs), so we have always made it a priority to engage with them and understand their challenges—which is what our Sg2 AMC Summit is all about. This week, Sg2 General Manager, AMCs, and National Vice President, Client Relations, Michael Humphrey and Senior Director Justin Cassidy, PhD, join Sg2 Perspectives talk about the biggest takeaways from our 18th annual AMC Summit, which took place this past October. Mike and Justin discuss pressing AMC challenges around workforce, capacity, community health system competition and service distribution; share specific examples of how AMCs are adapting for sustainability and rightsizing their ambulatory footprints; and provide insight into what AMCs will be focused on in 2022.

 

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.

 December 8, 2021

95: Accelerating Ambulatory Strategy

Today on Sg2 Perspectives we’re all about ambulatory strategy, and we’re approaching it from two different angles. First, Sg2 Principal Brianna Motley and Associate Principal Eric Lam discuss the Ambulatory Strategy Accelerator program led by Sg2’s parent company Vizient, which is a fast-paced, interactive program designed to not only help member organizations narrow down their ambulatory strategic priorities but also provide them with a collaborative community to share their learnings and challenges. Then Sg2 Senior Consulting Director Jamie Logsdon joins us to talk about how we are using insights from the Ambulatory Accelerator Program to help inform our work with members on their ambulatory strategy projects, in particular, leveraging market prioritization amidst competitive pressure, from framework to implementation.

Learn more about the Ambulatory Strategy Accelerator program here.

We are always excited to get ideas and feedback from our listeners. You can reach us at sg2perspectives@sg2.com, find us on Twitter as @Sg2HealthCare, or visit the Sg2 company page on LinkedIn.