JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The chief executive officer (CEO) of one of the most recognizable medical facilities in the world visited Navy Medicine Support Command (NMSC) and Jacksonville-area Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers Feb. 24 as part of the command's Healthcare Leadership Speaker's Forum.
Mayo Clinic in Florida CEO Dr. William Rupp received a brief tour of NMSC facilities and addressed a large group of Medical Service Corps (MSC) officers and enlisted personnel during his two-hour visit. During his presentation, Rupp stressed the importance of military healthcare administrators' and providers' understanding of the changing relationship healthcare administrators and providers employ in the dynamic healthcare environment in the United States today.
"The thing I see happening across the country is there will be a tremendous consolidation with accountable care," he said. "The insurance companies are coalescing rapidly, and we think we're going to see four to six insurance companies across the country within a couple of years. And you'll probably see between six to eight healthcare companies across the country in a couple of years."
Rupp, CEO since November 2008, is a physician with extensive health care knowledge, operational excellence and an understanding of how health care issues impact patient care. His hour-long presentation touched on management-level topics, including what he said is an inevitable alignment of providers and healthcare administrators. Rupp said that Mayo Clinic practices include partnering physicians with healthcare administrators, something he said could serve as a model in the coming years. He added that this partnership extends through the Mayo Clinic system, providing a unique benefit to the client.
"This partnership works all the way through. It keeps the focus on the patient, and keeps two sets of skills together which tend to be complimentary," he said. "I think in many ways, our system [the Mayo Clinic] is much more like yours [the military] in that there's a lot more partnership."
Rupp's presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
Rear Adm. Eleanor Valentin, NMSC commander and Medical Service Corps director, initiated the Healthcare Leadership Speaker's Forum in January 2010 after recognizing that several area U.S. Navy MSC officers have not had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with healthcare management practices in the private sector. The forum is designed to increase professional knowledge and awareness of challenges and issues facing civilian healthcare leaders.
The Mayo Clinic is a not-for-profit medical practice and medical research group specializing in treating difficult patients (tertiary care). Patients are referred to Mayo Clinic from across the U.S. and the world, and the organization is known for innovative and effective treatments. The Mayo Clinic is also recognized as being at the top of most accredited quality standard listings. The practice is distinguished by integrated care, and a strong research presence is evidenced by the fact that more than 40 percent of its resources are devoted towards research rather than just medical practice.
The current-day Mayo Clinic is an integrated practice of more than 3,700 physicians and scientists, and a total employment including nurses, students, and allied health staff of more than 56,000 persons.
Navy Medicine Support Command provides a single point of accountability for all Navy Medicine education, training, public health and human resource management for Sailors and Marines as well as providing innovative and responsive leaders in health support services.
NMSC is part of the Navy Medicine team, a global healthcare network of 63,000 Navy medical personnel around the world who provide high quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
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