Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Joel Hornberger, Chief Strategy Officer, Cherokee Health Systems


Today’s guest is Joel Hornberger, the Chief Strategy Officer and National Training Director at Cherokee Health Systems, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. I had the good fortune to hear Joel speak last fall at an event sponsored by the New Hampshire-Vermont Chapter of HFMA and invited him to be on the podcast, and I’m really pleased that he did. Cherokee Health Systems is a combined Federally Qualified Health Center and Community Mental Health Center, which is kind of unique. Cherokee provides care for more than 70,000 patients through it’s 23 brick and mortar locations and 23 additional telemedicine sites.

Cherokee has been an innovator in the area of integrating behavioral health and primary care, which is the focus of my conversation with Joel today. In the interview we talk about how Cherokee uses embedded behavioral health consultants (BHCs) to collaborate with primary care providers as well as the Clinic developed a unique rating system called the BPSA to quantify the needs of individual patients, among other things. I really enjoyed talking with Joel because his passion for integrated care and the FQHC mission is so apparent. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

During the podcast I make reference to a presentation that includes a floor plan used for integrating primary care and behavioral health, as well as the BPSA. You can find that presentation here.

Links to Podcast:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/healthleaderforge/joel-hornberger-chief-strategy-officer-cherokee-health-systems/

Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-health-leader-forge

Podcast Outline

Time     Topic
0:01:58 education, VISTA volunteer
0:04:38 transition to healthcare administration
0:05:35 lessons from working in managed care in the 80's
0:08:05 Cherokee Health Systems - history
0:10:18 "going where the grass is brownest"
0:11:55 CMHC and FQHC - explaining what they are
0:16:21 growing from behavioral health to an integrated system
0:18:15 growing the system from 4 to 23 clinics
0:19:26 integrating behavioral health and primary care - treating the whole person
0:24:39 moving from co-location to integration
0:27:33 integrating beahvioral health consultants (BHCs)
0:29:38 an example of BHC treatment
0:32:26 the role of the BHC and behavioral treatment
0:33:56 training for BHC role
0:36:08 staffing ratios for BHCs vs primary providers
0:36:29 Services offered - Dental services
0:38:25 Services offered - addiction services
0:40:33 Grants and other funding for FQHCs
0:43:45 telemedicine to support school-based clinics
0:48:32 telemedicine in support of psychiatry
0:49:23 telemedicine - the aesthetics
0:50:22 telemedicine and licensing
0:51:49 Value-based contracts and the Bio-psycho-social Assessment (BPSA)
0:56:56 zip-code trumps genetic code
0:57:56 working with claims data
0:59:19 using the BPSA score to manage patients
0:59:59 using BPSA to guide preventive care, community health coordinator role
1:03:39 role as chief operating officer and now, chief strategy officer
1:08:03 what makes a good leader?
1:10:18 what do you look for when hiring a leader? Importance of fit
1:12:21 a difficult leadership lesson you learned the hard way? Making promises you can keep
1:17:28 why should early careerists look to FQHCs?

Links to topics discussed:

Cherokee Health Systems

What is Integrated Behavioral Health? AHRQ


Lebanon Valley College




Monday, January 14, 2019

We're back!

Greetings, friends! After an 8 month hiatus, the Health Leader Forge is back with new interviews. Tomorrow, January 15th we will release the first podcast of the new year. It is an exciting interview with Joel Hornberger, the Chief Strategy Officer and National Training Director for Cherokee Health Systems, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. Cherokee Health Systems is a large, combined FQHC and CMHC, and they are leaders in integrated behavioral health, which is the focus of the interview.

Future podcasts already in the queue include an interview with the Heather Lavoie, President of Geneia, a healthcare analytics company located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and Brian Martin, President and CEO of Loring Community Hospital, a critical access hospital in Sac City, Iowa.

We're excited to bring you more interviews about the careers of healthcare leaders and their organizations - please subscribe and give us reviews on your favorite podcast app!



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