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President’s Message: Fall Newsletterv_shumulinsky

As summer draws to a close and the fall schedules resume, I wanted to draw your attention back to the movement of our healthcare industry in this Fall’s Quarterly SOHL newsletter. Below is a quick snapshot of some of the major events in both the national and local markets.


  • Commencement of the mandatory CJR Bundle for 800+ Hospitals in certain Metropolitan Areas across the US and CMS announcement of new bundled payment models for cardiac care and other diseases
  • Although we’ve hit a record low of uninsured rate of 8.6% (21.3 million fewer uninsured persons today than there were in 2010), Aetna, United Healthcare, and Humana all exited from the healthcare insurance exchange business this year.
  • MACRA – CMS release of the highly anticipated proposed rule in April 2016 outlining how it plans to implement the clinician payment changes mandated under this new policy.


  • Partnership announced between MD Anderson and Scripps Health
  • Opening in Fall 2016 of the new Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego Health
  • Announcement of a new Geriatric Emergency Department, collaboration between UCSD and West Health to open 2018
  • UnitedHealth and Aetna plan to join Medi-Cal managed care in San Diego

Our chapter continues to keep up to date on big changes and challenges of our industry; and it reflects in our amazing educational opportunities. Some events we would like to highlight as a great opportunity to hear from local and national experts is our 8th Annual SOHL Conference, set for October 28th, 2016 and our featured Imperial County hosted event on October 20th, 2016.

  • SOHL Annual Conference: In The Driver’s Seat: How Patients are Changing the Healthcare Delivery System on October 28. Patients are taking a more hands on role in their health and healthcare organizations are taking notice.  This conference will explore the new models of care that are emerging to supplement and extend more traditional health care delivery models and empower patients to be more active in decisions surrounding their care.

Join us and up to 200 of your colleagues at our largest event of the year! Full Lineup, Agenda, and Registration can be found on

  • Are we there yet? Destination – Accountable Community of Health on October 20. Learn about the Imperial County journey to become an Accountable Community of Health (ACH), a state innovation model grant. Come out to support our neighboring healthcare community by attending this event hosted by El Centro Regional Medical Center. 1.5 Face to Face Credits will be available. More information and registration on events.

A few other key opportunities to be aware of:

  • Interested in becoming a leader with SOHL? Please contact Nia Price, President Elect and Nominating Committee Chair for our upcoming board nomination process at
  • Interested in becoming more involved with SOHL as a committee volunteer? Please contact Pamela Brewer, Volunteer Committee Chair, at for information.
  • Interested in capitalizing on your ACHE membership? There are numerous ways, but one way is to become a Fellow, a board-certified healthcare management executive. This achievement will open opportunities to be a part of innovation, have a seat at the table towards better outcomes and affordable care, and the opportunity to develop an engaging care process for our nation. Contact this year’s Advancement Study Group co-chairs, Yameeka Jones and Andrea Gonzales, for more information.

Also, Congratulations to our Executive Program Co-Chairs Nora Bota and Steve Martin for the commencement of the 2016 cohort of the SOHL Executive Program. The program began in August of 2016 and continues until November. This program is modeled off of the ACHE Executive Program and is a key feature of our chapter. More to come from this group!

Please keep up to date with our SOHL app (Search SOHL in the App Store) and on Facebook and LinkedIn SOHL pages, as well as our website

We’d like to continue to support our members and healthcare community. Looking forward to further engagement the last quarter of the year. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to reach out to myself of the 2016 SOHL Board at any time.

Vicki Shumulinsky, MHA
West Health
SOHL Chapter President


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