2013 Symposium RecapJuly 9th, 2013 2 Min read Blog
[caption id="attachment_2247" align="alignright" width="300"] Ken Leonczyk presents on physician partnerships at the 2013 CompHealth Symposium[/caption] What exactly is a symposium? Originally a Greek social custom, a symposium is a place to celebrate and share knowledge. At CompHealth, those values have taken root, and we were honored to host the eighteenth annual CompHealth Symposium in Deer Valley, Utah, in late June. Representatives from hospitals, groups, and medical facilities from around the country joined us to discuss how physician recruiters can be more efficient and effective in their work. It was a week of deep learning combined with CompHealth's penchant for celebration. Check out some of our photos from the event! Our organizers worked hard to facilitate knowledge-sharing and best practices at Symposium. Our clients and their recruiters are getting better at what they do every year, and they expect us to wow them. Fortunately, we have smart, respected partners in the healthcare industry to contribute. One of our favorite moments of the CompHealth Symposium was the presentation by Mickey Bilbrey, vice president of eastern operations for Quorum Health Resources (QHR), who spoke about the seven imperatives QHR advises hospitals to implement in order to create sustainable models of care over the next 10 to 15 years. Bilbrey posed the question, "Can you really continue doing what you're doing today the WAY you're doing it today?" With health systems expected to reduce cost inflation yet deliver higher-quality results, the answer is no. But many examples of progressive change and innovative ideas are popping up all over the country, and several of Mickey's case studies spoke to that phenomenon. High on the list of seven imperatives was clinical integration. Ken Leonczyk Jr. of The Advisory Board presented an in-depth look at the topic, and it hit close to home for attendees who work in recruiting and retention roles. Ken stressed we need to move past the days of "myriad customized contracts that preserve physician autonomy" and may hinder alignment. It can't be "us versus them" in the strategic and cultural structure of a hospital. Physicians must be enrolled in the process of change in order for it to be effective. One of the key takeaways from each of our presenters was that quality patient care must be at the heart of each decision as we evolve the healthcare system in America. On behalf of the entire CompHealth team, thank you to our clients, presenters, and our dedicated and tireless events team for making the CompHealth Symposium 2013 an event to remember.