All Episodes

April 1, 2021 22 min

I don’t know what I thought we were going to talk about during my interview with David Carmouche, MD; but I’m glad it turned out exactly as it did. Lately, we’ve had a number of guests on Relentless Health Value talking from the point of view of the employer: what a self-insured employer wants and needs from the large, and small, providers in their network. In this episode, we’re flipping the script and talking about what a large provider organization wants and needs from the commercial side of its payer mix. If value-based care or risk shares are to be a thing, we can’t have, as Troy Larsgard has put it, all risk and no share.

In this health care podcast, I had the honor and pleasure of speaking with Dr. David Carmouche. Dr. Carmouche started out as a physician in a multi-specialty group. He practiced there for about 15 years before leaving to become chief medical officer at BCBS (Blue Cross Blue Shield) of Louisiana. Five years ago, Dr. Carmouche transitioned to Ochsner Health, where he is currently executive vice president of value-based care and network operations. At Ochsner, Dr. Carmouche helps lead the value-based care agenda—that’s everything from managing strategic partnerships with payers, as well as managing risk in value-based contracts for Ochsner and affiliated network partners across their ACO (accountable care organization) and CIN (clinically integrated network).

Highlighting one point that Dr. Carmouche makes early in our chat, there’s four things that have to come together for meaningful value creation for providers: (1) willingness of providers and provider leadership to think and do things different than they have historically; (2) they have to be able to affect payment for those things; (3) they have to have data and be able to access it; and then (4) some control over steering patients.

This kind of sets the stage, actually, for our fast dive, in this conversation, right into employer and commercial collaborations. Three of the four things on that list—affecting payment, data, steering patients—are right in the wheelhouse of forward-thinking employers, or commercial payers/TPAs (third-party administrators) trying hard to compete for or serve employers.

Just a quick heads-up here: Coming soon, we’re going to release a second episode with Dr. Carmouche giving some great advice for the leadership of provider organizations who are trying to figure out their transition away from FFS (fee for service) to a more risk-based, value-based model. One quick point that I thought was also relevant to the show here: It was super interesting to me how quickly Dr. Carmouche got from “transition to value” to “knows how to collaborate with other organizations.”

Here’s the pretty obvious inference: You can’t transition to value if you don’t know how to play well with others to co-create value and share the rewards of such an endeavor. There might be a broader lesson in here for whoever you are in the health care ecosystem. And I’m looking at you, pharmacy, Pharma, tech, societies, BUCAs, etc.

Thanks so much to Brian Klepper for the introduction to Dr. Carmouche.

You can learn more by visiting Dr. Carmouche’s LinkedIn page or by reading From Competition to Collaboration by Tracy Duberman and Robert Sachs. 

David Carmouche, MD, views health care from three distinct perspectives: as a physician provider, an executive for an insurance company and as a leader in a health system. Specifically, he built a large, multidisciplinary internal medicine and preventive cardiology practice in Louisiana; served as the chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana; and currently has a triad of responsibilities with Ochsner Health, the largest nonprofit academic health care system in the Gulf South. He was recently promoted to serve as executive vice president of value-based care and network operations in addition to his duties as president of the Ochsner Health Network and executive director of the Ochsner Accountable Care Network.

He is known as an expert in value-based care. He led one of the top 25 performing accountable care organizations in the United States, managing billions in care spend and generating millions in year-over-year shared savings.

Dr. Carmouche earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and a medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

04:15 Who needs to be working together to create value-based success?
04:31 “I think the most important partnerships that are likely to lead to value are those between payers or purchasers … and providers.”
04:45 What four things have to come together for meaningful value?
06:02 “We’re focusing specifically on payer employers today. We think that’s where there’s the biggest opportunity.”
07:23 What’s the overarching reason for health systems to want to grow their commercial market share?
14:00 Is the competition moving upstream?
16:20 “In all honesty, we’re competing for pieces of the business.”
16:23 What’s the ultimate competition?
18:36 “There is a consumer experience that is available inside these … collaborative efforts.”
20:53 “We really haven’t changed the paradigm of benefit design as it comes to drugs.”

You can learn more by visiting Dr. Carmouche’s LinkedIn page or by reading From Competition to Collaboration by Tracy Duberman and Robert Sachs. 

@CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

Who needs to be working together to create value-based success? @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

“I think the most important partnerships that are likely to lead to value are those between payers or purchasers … and providers.” @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

What four things have to come together for meaningful value? @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

“We’re focusing specifically on payer employers today. We think that’s where there’s the biggest opportunity.” @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

What’s the overarching reason for health systems to want to grow their commercial market share? @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

Is the competition moving upstream? @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

“In all honesty, we’re competing for pieces of the business.” @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

“There is a consumer experience that is available inside these … collaborative efforts.” @CarmoucheMd talks #employers on our #healthcarepodcast. #healthcare #podcast #digitalhealth #healthsystems #vbc #valuebasedcare

 

Share
Mark as Played

Facebook comments will no longer be available on iHeart

We're taking steps to simplify your experience. If you want to reach out to our hosts or stations, please do so via their website or social media. If you need any assistance please check out our help site.

Chat About Relentless Health Value

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

Crime Junkie
Dr. Death

Dr. Death

We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

The Daily

The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.

    Connect

    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.