CANDIDATE STATEMENTS: DIRECTOR AT LARGE: ACADEMICCherie-Ann O. Nathan, MD
Never before in the history of our profession have so many healthcare changes occurred in so short a time.
Given the uncertainty of today’s healthcare environment, what do you perceive as challenges and possible solutions to implementing the Academy’s strategic plan?
Never before in the history of our profession have so many healthcare changes occurred in so short a time. The looming perfect storm of ICD-10, pay for performance, changes in reimbursement models, privatization of hospitals in academic centers, challenging EMRs, and increasing costs of technology could affect quality care and education of our future trainees.
It is important to recognize that no matter what setting our members practice in, the universal themes are the need to be data-driven, integrated, and most importantly patient- centered. The focus on best practice guidelines, consensus statements, and performance measures to meet the increasing demands of CMS and PQRS, while maintaining research and educational efforts, will guide our members to deliver value-based medicine while providing exceptional care.
Our Academy has maintained a collective voice at Capitol Hill and empowered our members at the state level and if I am elected, we will strive together to strengthen this voice and adapt to the changing landscape through ENTConnect and other platforms, which have allowed us to share ideas. I am convinced the Academy will rise to the challenge and provide visionary leadership for the transformation needed during this period of dramatic sea-changes facing our diverse membership.