Dr. John Bulger, Chief Medical Officer Insurance Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Geisinger

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. John Bulger, Chief Medical Officer Insurance Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Geisinger, to discuss his background & current role, how quality plays into value-based care, the importance of preventative care, what he’s excited about going into the new year, and more.

Summary

Geisinger’s Chief Medical Officer Discusses Quality and Value-Based Care

Background and Current Role

Dr. John Bulger, Chief Medical Officer for Insurance Operations and Strategic Partnerships at Geisinger, has been with the organization for almost 25 years. Geisinger is an integrated delivery system with a health plan, hospital, and medical school, and it has 24,000 employees and 1700 physicians. Dr. Bulger’s role involves ensuring that the organization delivers high-quality care while also prioritizing cost-effective practices.

The Importance of Quality in Value-Based Care

According to Dr. Bulger, quality plays an essential role in value-based care. Ensuring that patients receive preventative care, have access to care, and receive care close to home can help save money and reduce the chances of hospitalization. Additionally, price transparency is critical in value-based care, as it allows stakeholders to understand how much is being spent on treatment and diagnostic tests.

Geisinger’s Programs for Improving Quality

Geisinger has several programs aimed at improving quality and reducing the cost of care. Its 65 Forward program focuses on geriatric care, while the Eisinger Home program provides care to people who cannot leave home. Geisinger also offers a tuition scholarship program with its medical school, encouraging students to pursue primary care. The organization uses team-based care and technology to expand access to care.

Exciting Changes for Geisinger

Dr. Bulger is enthusiastic about spreading Geisinger’s programs across the state of Pennsylvania and serving underserved communities. He believes that technology and innovative care models can help the organization deliver high-quality care while keeping costs low.

 

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This episode aired on 01/18/2023 and can be listened here.

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