Q & A with the CEO
Ready for Reform
Questions are answered by Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin. Send your questions to John Loder .
Question: Is Mills-Peninsula ready for health care reform?
Answer: We have spent the last 10 years preparing for the latest hotly debated but probably inevitable reform of the American health care system. This massive insurance redesign is merely the latest in a long history of change. We survived and succeeded through the introduction of Medicare and Medi-Cal. We navigated the challenges of managed care. In short - we've seen it before, and each time Mills-Peninsula has been a change leader.
Simply put, reform means more people will be coming to us for care - including a baby boomer tsunami - so more services will be needed. At the same time, reimbursement will be lower. Medicare reductions will result in a loss of about $53 million for Mills-Peninsula over the next 10 years, and the new state health insurance exchanges will lower reimbursement for commercial health plans, as well.
The key to our success will be our ability to grow, and everything we've done for the last 10 years has been to ensure a strong foundation for that growth.
As part of northern California's largest not-for-profit health care system, we have the newest, most modern hospital in the region, and we also updated Mills to meet current community needs. We implemented Sutter Health's first acute care electronic health record, provided opportunities for talented young physicians to join our community, sustained a strong workforce and continue to introduce the most advanced technologies.
Philanthropy has always been a critical success factor. Thanks to a generous community, we are on our way to world-class programs: a Heart and Vascular Institute; an Institute for Cancer Care, Research and Healing; and centers of excellence for diabetes, neurosciences, orthopedics and behavioral health.
In this latest change cycle, philanthropy will be even more essential. Your support has kept us strong through many challenges, ensuring we can offer the most advanced medical care and technology in spite of troubled economics. We look forward to continuing to earn your trust and partnership in sustaining excellent local health care resources well into the future.