About Jim Lord

Jim is a member of ECG’s Board of Directors; heads the Midwest Healthcare practice; and specializes in strategy, organizational development, and incentive design. As the leader of Midwest Healthcare, Jim is regularly hired by health systems and large medical group practices to improve strategic, operational, and financial performance and to assist with the development of sound business relationships. Prior to joining ECG in 1997, he worked in medical group management for a large integrated delivery system in the Midwest. His background in operations and strategy provides him with the unique skills necessary to evaluate and address the most difficult healthcare issues. Jim is a regular speaker at national conferences on the topics of physician integration, health reform, and incentive design. Jim earned master of business administration and master of health administration degrees from Saint Louis University. He has a bachelor of science degree in finance, also from Saint Louis University.

Collaboration in Pediatric Healthcare: Hospital and Health System Affiliation

The prospect of health reform once loomed like storm clouds on the horizon – dark, mammoth, and all but inevitable. Regardless, industry leaders uncertain about the scale of the impact sensed the changing climate and began preparing.  As a result, between 2009 and 2012, mergers and acquisitions doubled1 as hospital and health system leaders sought to offset challenges such as access to capital, low margins, and increased competition. It’s a trend that’s expected to continue as the ACA nears full implementation and reform mandates take hold, pushing the industry toward an environment based on population health management (PHM). Just this week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced plans to tie 30% of fee-for-service Medicare payments to care quality, through models such as accountable care organizations or bundled payment programs, by the end of 2016. Continue reading

Closing the Book on 2014

This past year was one of “getting down to business” in the healthcare industry. Having shrugged off legal challenges, a government shutdown, and highly publicized technical glitches, the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, moving the healthcare sector toward a value-centric system.

ECG worked with providers across the country to traverse and keep pace with these transformational changes. In 2015, we’ll continue to lead healthcare forward, helping our clients develop key competencies and implement strategies to become thriving value-based enterprises.

As we close the book on 2014, let’s look back at a few of the key themes that appeared in this space during the past year and take a peek at the issues our clients will encounter in the coming year. Continue reading