Strategic Planning for Behavioral Health Care Efficiency

We research and develop strategic plans for hospitals and academic medical centers that treat patients with behavioral health care needs nationwide. Our focus is on meeting community needs, improving financial sustainability, and providing high-quality care in an efficient manner.

Strategic Planning for Behavioral Health Care Efficiency

We research and develop strategic plans for hospitals and academic medical centers that treat patients with behavioral health care needs nationwide. Our focus is on meeting community needs, improving financial sustainability, and providing high-quality care in an efficient manner.

Our Approach to Strategic Planning

At Schafer Consulting, we understand that each of our clients has a unique set of needs. As such, we strive to maintain a strategic planning approach that is always focused and customized to our clients’ objectives. Additionally, we have the certificates of need (CON) required to implement new programs and manage health care facilities.

Our strategic action plan is a practical management tool that enables your organization to reach clearly defined business goals over the long term. We can help you achieve various goals such as furthering an organizational mission, meeting growth-related market objectives, positioning your program for the Accountable Care Act, and completing innovative delivery system projects. You can count on us to create a strategic plan for your organization, which involves:

  • Organizational Assessment and Analysis
  • Environmental Assessment and Analysis
  • Comprehensive Strategic Action Plan

Internal Assessment

The internally focused organizational assessment provides management with a profile of internal strengths and weaknesses. This profile includes:

  • Organizational and Cultural Reviews and Assessments
  • Service Volume Trend Assessments
  • Program Capacity Assessments
  • Clinical Staff Specialties Reviews
  • Financial Position Assessments

We conduct an anonymous staff survey that helps define key concerns and opportunities in your program. The information gathered during the organizational assessment and interview is analyzed by our team in order to identify strategies, potential service line opportunities, and staff/structure adjustments that need to occur as well as readiness tasks and threats.

Environmental Assessment

Through environmental assessment, we can provide management teams with a profile of external factors that affect program utilization. During the assessment phase, we examine current and future projected demand/service needs as well as handle market positioning and research.

Our consultants identify and analyze the competition and research findings as well as identify pertinent legislation and funding streams that will impact your strategies. We put to work our direct experience with inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs in 49 states and the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia in Canada.

Comprehensive Strategic Action Plan

We conduct organizational and environmental assessments and analyses in collaboration with you and your stakeholders. In turn, we can create a comprehensive strategic action plan to help you achieve your goals. This action plan can assist you in:

  • Achieving primary and secondary objectives
  • Creating strategies for meeting those objectives
  • Analyzing quantified financial scenarios
  • Visualizing step-by-step time frame for achieving those objectives
  • Establishing specific areas of responsibility
  • Utilizing built-in accountability tools that enable management to keep an eye on important measures

Strategic Action Plan Implementation Assistance

The solutions we offer are only effective when utilized properly. As such, we offer a wide range of customized implementation services that are geared toward your organizational goals. These services can range from periodic guidance and troubleshooting to full, on-site implementation management after the development of the strategic action plan.

Affordable Care Act Increasing Demand for Behavioral Health Services

The Affordable Care Act is driving increased demand for inpatient psychiatric facilities across the country. We work with hospitals, academic medical centers, and health care systems to assess the behavioral health service needs in their communities and markets.

Strategic Action Planning Projects

  • Strategic system improvement plan, which adds $6 million earnings improvement through cost reductions, volume increases, sub-specialty clinics, and marketing.
  • $40 million performance improvement plan with global business consultancy partner in teaching best practices for hospital systems

Our Consultants Are Here to Help

We have a deep understanding of how to plan, build, and operate psychiatric hospital systems as well as multistate children and youth residential treatment centers. To learn more about what we can do, talk to us.