Capital planning for the unexpected
I was enjoying my New Orleans’, 6-napkin roast beef po’boy, carefully avoiding the anticipated drip down my shirt and realizing how healthcare and this dripping sandwich have a lot in common. Healthcare is challenged from every angle and the constant, multi-front battle creates opportunity for waste, inefficiency and non-compliance. Improving in one area almost certainly leaves another vulnerable. If a provider gets caught up, legislation changes or reimbursements get slashed. The drips in the napkin are an acceptable casualty because we know we can’t possibly keep it all in the bread. But what about the drips down the chin? What about the drips on the shirt, embedded deeply in the fabric’s fibers and potentially causing permanent stain? As the pendulum shifts from doing more with more, to doing more with less, and finally doing less with less, are we finding healthcare on an unsustainable trajectory?
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