Innovators and Change Agents
This week we will talk about those who innovate and change. When I hear the words innovator and change agents, I immediately think of people who think outside the box to make necessary changes. They are the producers of the world; and they have the uncanny ability to lead and inspire others. They are true visionaries. Obvious people (to me) who come to mind are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Florence Nightingale, George Washington, and Barack Obama.
Innovators in the Healthcare Sector
Innovators in the healthcare sector have a hard job of leading those to accept new ideas. When it comes to health, many people don’t like change. Speaking of change, the person who chanted that word in the year 2008 was Barack Obama. He is a perfect example of an innovator in the healthcare sector. Although the Affordable Care Act (2010) has its fair share of opposition, it was President Obama’s primary platform; and he campaigned heavily for the bill to pass. His vision was for every American to have affordable, quality healthcare.
An interesting addition of the ACA was the creation of the Innovation Center (section 3021), which is a component of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It was formed by Congress to perform the following :
- Evaluating new payment and service delivery models
- Evaluating and advancing best practices
- Engaging stakeholders to participate in developing new models for testing (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), n.d.)
This agency was created to assist in developing and evaluating methods to provide high quality, lost cost care for medicare beneficiaries. It would be interesting to see a productivity report since its inception. I did find a new ACA initiative (2-12-2015) for better oncology care that was developed from feedback from the oncology community, patient advocates, and the private sector (CMS, n.d.).
Change Agents and Death with Dignity
In the state of AZ, former Representative (and former State Senator) Linda Lopez introduced the Aid in Dying bill multiple times. Lopez was a supporter of the bill due to her own father dying an uncomfortable death (Fifth Freedom Foundation, 2003). Although the bills never passed, it shows the tenacity Ms. Lopez had; and her passion about supporting a cause she believed in (from her own personal experience). Regardless of your party beliefs, It is refreshing to observe a politician who rallies behind a cause (and not for political gains).
Final Thoughts…Innovate and Lead
I invite you to listen to the following TED talk by Simon Sinek. It may inspire you to be a change agent. What is your Why?
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (n.d.). About the CMS innovation center. Retrieved from http://innovation.cms.gov/about/index.html
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (n.d.). New Affordable Care Act Initiative to encourage better oncology care. Retrieved from http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2015-Press-releases-items/2015-02-12.html
Fifth Freedom Foundation (2003). Newsletter. Retrieved from http://www.choicesarizona.org/files/Newsletter-2003-2-Spring.pdf
Simon Sinek (2009, September). How great leaders inspire action. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action