In 1998, Ben Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic. It took him 73 days to complete the 3,716-mile journey. When asked how he managed each day to confront the vast ocean that lay ahead, he answered, “I never jump into the water thinking about the entire ocean, I just cut it into small pieces. When I am in the middle of the ocean, I think about being in a pool and the pool moves with me.”
These days, health care organizations find themselves crossing another ocean — from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. By 2018, declared the Department of Health and Human Services back in January, half of all Medicare payments will be tied to value. Today 80% of Medicare is still fee-for service. That’s a lot of open water to cover.