Tag: David E. Williams

Delay = Death. We must speed up COVID-19 vaccinations

December 30th, 2020 by

Israel is proceeding nearly 10x as fast as the US on COVID-19 vaccination. We need to accelerate dramatically right now in order to save tens of thousands of lives over the next several weeks. Use all the supply we have now, don’t hold it back at the federal, state or hospital level! Go 24×7.

I’m quoted in the Boston Globe (Biden, public health critics slam slower-than-promised pace of US COVID-19 vaccination rollout. “This should be D-Day right now,” said one expert. But it’s not.)

“Speed is what matters,” said David Williams, president of Health Business Group, a Boston management consulting firm. “This should be D-Day right now. But what’s happening nationally is it’s just being done in a bureaucratic manner and it’s not being done with the urgency you’d do in a civil defense or war-time exercise.”

Williams cited Oxford University data showing Israel, with a population not much bigger than Massachusetts, already has administered 5.68 doses per 100 people compared to the US total of 0.64 per 100.

Let’s get going!


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

The 30 Years’ War for value-based care: Podcast with Archway’s Dave Terry

October 22nd, 2020 by

When Dave Terry started his career in healthcare three decades ago, he noticed something odd and disturbing. The fee-for-service model meant doctors were paid for quantity, not for quality or cost effectiveness. Since then he’s been working to do something about it: for the first twenty years at American Practice Management, then Partners Healthcare and Harborside Healthcare. He made progress, but also learned the limitations of acting against entrenched interests.

For the last decade he’s gotten even more serious, co-founding Remedy Partners in the wake of the Affordable Care Act and then Archway Health, where he is CEO. Archway helps physicians jump into the meaningful risk-based payment models that are finally on offer from the Feds and private carriers.

I compared Dave’s quest to the Thirty Years’ War, but reminded him that there was a Hundred Years’ War, too, so he better gird himself.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

Partners closes Lynn's hospital. I'm quoted

July 1st, 2015 by

Partners is following through on a plan to consolidate its North Shore operations into Salem Medical Center, a move that will result in the closure of Union Hospital in Lynn, 6 miles away. I’m quoted in the Boston Globe (Partners to close Union Hospital in Lynn).

Here’s what I had to say:

David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group in Boston, said Union’s closing is hardly surprising, since many community hospitals –particularly those that treat high numbers of low-income patients and rely on government reimbursements– are struggling financially.

He said Partners, the state’s largest health system, is closing the hospital more gently than other health care companies without as much money; keeping an emergency room open for three years is a big concession to community concerns.

“I do largely buy their logic,” Williams said about Partners. “On the one hand, nobody likes it when their local hospital closes. On the other hand, considering how high health care costs are, it can’t say the way it is.”

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

New England Baptist on the move: I'm quoted

January 17th, 2015 by

New England Baptist hospital, renowned for its focus on orthopedics, is considering a move from its Mission Hill perch. The existing facility is old and probably more trouble than it’s worth to renovate. It’s rational to consider building a new facility rather than renovating the old one.

The Boston Globe (N.E. Baptist Hospital plans a move) covers the story, focusing on the implications for the Mission Hill neighborhood and the character of the Baptist.

I’m quoted:

“When you have an old facility and you’re trying to work in a modern era when people care about efficiency and collaboration, it can be very difficult to remodel your old quarters,” said David E. Williams, president of the Boston consulting firm Health Business Group. “It makes sense for them to at least contemplate moving.”

Meanwhile, don’t hold your breath. This could take a decade or more.

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.