Dr. Steve Buslovich is no stranger to getting things done. He recently joined PointClickCare when the company acquired the health care technology platform, Patient Pattern, Dr. Buslovich founded.
With expertise in post-acute care and payment models, Buslovich only wishes he had more hours in the day to get things done. In this Hot Seat interview, he sheds light on this wish, as well as his most-used emoji and what he’d change about senior living, given the chance.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Sleep is not a virtue, it’s a function. I tend to be up early and work late, so both? I suppose I lean more to morning on weekdays and night owl weekends. My approach is to sleep faster.
What is your personal mantra?
Lazy people do everything twice. So, get it done.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
Increase the hours in a day. If I could somehow get 30 hours in a day, I feel like I could accomplish everything I want to.
What’s your favorite destination worldwide?
Valpolicella, Italy. The origin of Romeo and Juliet and where I got married, special place for me.
What’s the emoji you use most often?
If you could change one thing about senior living as we know it, what would it be?
Institutional Equivalent Special Needs Plans (IE-SNPs) need to become more commonly used in senior living providers’ care delivery model. The shift to value-based care continues to accelerate each year, especially as clinicians are increasingly taking on more risk, and the number of patients treated by physicians within the value-based care landscape could roughly double in the next five years. We’re seeing more clinicians pursue IE-SNPs to enroll Medicare Advantage eligible individuals living in long- term care – and hope that even more senior living providers realize the true potential of these plans moving forward.
What is your most important people management principle?
Transparency is essential. As a leader, being able to openly share relevant information about the company’s goals, challenges, and decisions helps team members feel involved and engaged.
What’s one thing all senior housing professionals can do to improve the resident experience?
With the aging population growing at a rate that exceeds the rate of investment in healthcare, the need to evolve an integrated medical care delivery model is critical for providing a resident-centered experience. The focus would be to prevent unnecessary emergency room and hospital utilization with the goal to treat more in place therefore bringing care to the resident vs sending out for services. To have a successful integrated medical model, senior living organizations needs to embrace integrated tech to share information across the continuum of care.
If you were recruiting someone to join the industry for the first time, what are three words you would use to describe the senior living industry?
Impactful, meaningful, resilient.
Complete the sentence: In 2050, I hope senior living is ….
…seen in a more positive light in society where an individual’s quality of life and functional status is optimized — seen as a positive setting — where they maximize QOL and functional status.