Putting the pieces together in community health planning
Slowly but surely, American healthcare is evolving from a hodgepodge to a true system. Spurred by new payment models and competitive pressures, healthcare providers are finding ways to rationalize their offerings, boost their efficiency and better care for the needs in their community.
These are the first, faltering steps in healthcare transformation. Over the next ten years, we expect to see a full-fledged race to community health.
At Ascendient, our healthcare consultants have worked with hundreds of individual hospitals from coast to coast. When it comes time to take a broader view of community health planning, we understand better than most how all the pieces should fit together, because we’ve helped so many of those pieces stand apart.
In community health planning, Ascendient is recognized for our unique ability to convert regional health needs assessments into manageable, facility-specific recommendations, as well as our expertise in military growth management planning. Working with governments, think tanks, and other non-provider organizations, we have completed a wide variety of engagements in community health planning, such as:
- Evaluating regional coordination of healthcare services
- Working with local stakeholders to identify methods for overcoming gaps in service delivery and capacity
- Evaluating the performance of small and rural hospitals, including disparities between high and low performers
- Designing the ideal complement of health services based on community size, geography, physician access, and proximity to other services
- Independently assessing, for the governor’s review, assumptions and recommendations for plans to rebuild a key safety net hospital after Hurricane Katrina.
- Developing impact reports to monitor predicted health and social services utilization in communities affected by military growth
- Assessing community-wide healthcare capacity to identify gaps between services needed and services available in fast-growing military communities
Agents of change for healthier communities
Through this work, we continue to gain fresh perspectives on the healthcare and social services challenges faced by every community – and we excel at developing realistic plans for meeting those challenges. If you’d like to put Ascendient’s “higher thinking” to work in your community, please contact Daniel Carter at 919-226-1705.