3 Critical Elements to Leading through the Change and Innovation of PDPM

“Change is the only constant in life” —Heraclitus of Ephesus

In the world of healthcare, change is the only real constant. We don’t ask for it or volunteer to be impacted by it; it just happens.

The key to weathering change as a leader is to have the knowledge and skills to manage throughout the process, prepare our teams for it, understand when change is different than ongoing innovation, and recognize the role we play in the success or failure that change ultimately brings.

PDPM: A Major Change in the Business of Healthcare

One example of how healthcare is changing is the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) platform recently announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It may feel like now that we have finally mastered how we get paid to serve our patients, we suddenly have a whole new formula to learn. And this payment model has the potential to fundamentally change how we get paid for our work and the services we provide to our patients.

This single change can and will impact all aspects of our profession. So what do we do? How do we help our teams thrive in the midst of all the changes PDPM will bring to our doorstep?

As with any other substantial event, the key to success in weathering this change is to understand the role change has in each of our personal and professional lives. We need to learn how to prepare for its inevitability and thrive regardless of its impact.

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Dr. Linda Shell, MA. RN | LindaShell.com

Dr. Linda Shell MA, RN, principal and co-owner of LindaShell.Com and Legacy Market Services, Inc, has over twenty-five years of experience providing education, leadership development and consultation to non-profit and for-profit senior care organizations.