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5 Questions with a Health Policy Specialist: Rodney L. Whitlock of McDermott+Consulting

Rodney L. Whitlock, Ph.D Vice President, McDermott+Consulting Focus Area: Healthcare Policy Years at M+: 1.5 years What is your favorite part about your health policy work at McDermott+Consulting? Healthcare policy, politics and process is complicated. It is a constant challenge to discern and anticipate the future of healthcare policy for clients. It is the constant intellectual challenge of operating in healthcare policy that I enjoy most about what I do. Specifically, I like that I can bring my 21 years of experience in Congress to my clients, move from subject matter to subject matter and play at a high level. For example, I can go from talking about prescription drugs in the morning then later on in the day dealing with an issue very specific to a client. It’s the challenge of having to be in different spaces at different times of the day that I actually enjoy. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus...

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Drew Elizabeth McCormick

Drew Elizabeth McCormick Associate Office: Boston Years at Firm: 2 What is your favorite part about practicing health care law at McDermott?  I get to work with world class lawyers on cutting edge issues and help our clients navigate the challenges of succeeding in a very dynamic, heavily regulated industry. I am constantly being challenged and learning new things, all while having the honor of helping guide our clients in transforming health care. What is the biggest opportunity and greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today?  Definitely the ability to take on risk and succeed in a value-based payment paradigm. We are seeing many shifts in the industry, which are largely being driven by fundamental changes in reimbursement structures away from fee for service. Compounding this, the regulatory framework is lagging behind in many regards, creating tensions and uncertainty that our clients lean on us to help them resolve. What kind of client...

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Five Questions with a Health Lawyer: Karen Owen Gibbs

Karen Owen Gibbs Partner, McDermott Will & Emery Office: Chicago Years at the Firm: 5 What is your favorite part of practicing health care law? US health care law is interesting, fast-changing and relevant to virtually every person in the United States. As the health care space changes to incorporate new technologies and adjusts to meet patient expectations, I work with my clients on a range of issues that were not on the radar 10 or even five years ago. For example, I do a lot of work in the pharmaceutical industry, including facilitating collaborations between traditional pharma companies and new players, helping clients address reimbursement challenges resulting from the transition to value-based care, and helping providers navigate the opioid crisis. It's an exciting time to help clients bring new and better care to patients. What is the biggest opportunity and the greatest challenge facing clients in your area of focus today? The challenge and the...

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Three Environmental Factors Impacting the PPM Industry and Getting Deals Done

The PPM industry is by no means immune to the ebbs and flows of a traditional marketplace. Since the consolidation bubble burst in the 1990s, PPMs have gone from practically extinct to a once-again substantial component of the health care delivery system. But with greater influence comes more pressure to respond, and adapting to today’s complex operating environment requires those in the PPM industry to ensure they are building the foundational structure needed to help practices adapt to external factors and achieve long-term success. Here are three defining aspects of today’s complex PPM environment, as well as several important considerations to help navigate environmental uncertainties and create a better patient experience. Physician satisfaction and expectations are changing: As millennial doctors enter the workforce, they’re driving a sea change in terms of job expectations. With better work-life balance as a top priority, many young physicians are...

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