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Kenan Institute 2023 Grand Challenge: Workforce Disrupted
Market-Based Solutions to Vital Economic Issues



The Kenan Institute recaps a panel on the business of women's health from the Center for Business of Health's November 2022 conference.

As major health systems continue to merge, one of the main questions for commentators and researchers concerns the somewhat vague idea of community benefit. The Atrium Health–Advocate merger is set to provide approximately $5 billion in annual community benefit, targeted to aid vulnerable communities and individuals. Community benefit can be understood as any action, investment or program provided by a tax-exempt hospital or health system that promotes the health and wellness of the community they serve. In addition to community benefit, Advocate Health described a $2 billion pledge to disrupt the root causes of health inequities across the rural and urban communities it serves.

Bringing a medical device to market requires startup founders to overcome challenges they may be ill-equipped to tackle. Alliances with former employers can help, but startups must carefully choose which markets they target.

Join the Center for the Business of Health for the 12th annual UNC Business of Healthcare Conference, "The Role of Innovation in Value-Based Health" on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Please join the Center for the Business of Health and the Kenan Institute for an exclusive lunchtime conversation with Aaron McKethan, general manager of new ventures at Aledade. His talk is offered through the Dean’s Speaker Series, hosted by the Kenan Institute in partnership with UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Interim Dean Jennifer Conrad.

Bradley Staats, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School professor of operations and faculty director of the institute-affiliated Center for the Business of Health, spoke to The Well about Amazon’s next move in health care. The online retail giant announced in July that it was acquiring primary care provider One Medical and will now shut down its Amazon Care telehealth service. Staats and co-author Robert S. Huckman recently wrote in Harvard Business Review about three key components to Amazon’s playbook for entering new businesses.

Healthcare. While H.B. 149 has gotten significant media coverage related to the Medicaid expansion component, the bill includes several significant changes that will impact state health policy and the business of health in North Carolina. H.B. 149 is composed of five sections: Medicaid expansion, work requirements for certain beneficiaries, certificate of need reform, modernization of nursing regulations, and health insurance reforms.

Female involvement in the workforce remains important to the U.S. economy, but COVID-19 has only exacerbated a drop in participation rates. To reverse the trend, businesses are enhancing maternity leave, child care services and access to fertility and family-planning services, according to research by UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School experts.

Health systems have employed online and phone-based triage tools using automated algorithms to quickly determine which COVID-19 patients may need the most attention. Primary care can also be transformed through the broad application of automated algorithms, writes researchers including Bradley Staats, faculty director of the UNC Center for the Business of Health, but this requires building automated clinical processes that are safe and effective.

Join the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise for a virtual talk featuring London Business School Finance Professor Alex Edmans, who will critically examine the case for purposeful business using rigorous evidence and real-life examples to show what works – and, importantly, what doesn’t.

In this interactive virtual workshop, learn how news gets made and how you can evaluate the credibility of news you find on the web. These practical skills will help you become news literate in your professional and personal lives.

Private equity investment in healthcare has grown over the last decade – but its role can be a hot topic. Some say PE funds innovation and streamlines costs, while others say it affects the quality of healthcare. In this week’s insight, RedSail Technologies Chief Strategy Officer Frances Nahas and Zetema Project Founder and Chair Mark Zitter to weigh in on the debate.