40 Pres­i­dent In­no­vista Health So­lu­tions

Modern Healthcare - - NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Eric Weaver has al­ways tried to stay a step ahead of the health­care in­dus­try. When all of his col­leagues were go­ing into hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion, he de­cided to be­come a physi­cian prac­tice ad­min­is­tra­tor. See­ing that the fu­ture of health­care would soon be in big data, he went back to school for a grad­u­ate cer­tifi­cate in health in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment. And re­cently, hop­ing to bet­ter in­ter­pret per­for­mance data, he fin­ished his doc­tor­ate in health ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“He ab­so­lutely re­fuses to stay com­pla­cent,” said Cris­tian Lie­neck, an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of health ad­min­is­tra­tion at Texas State Univer­sity, where he and Eric were master’s of health ad­min­is­tra­tion class­mates. “As the health­care in­dus­try con­tin­ues to change, Eric changes with it.”

To­day, Weaver is a pres­i­dent of In­no­vista Health So­lu­tions, over­see­ing the cen­tral Texas mar­ket for the firm that man­ages over 30 ac­count­able care or­ga­ni­za­tions in Illi­nois and Texas. Weaver, who pre­vi­ously led Austin, Texas-based In­te­grated ACO, said he de­cided to move into IT from prac­tice man­age­ment be­cause he saw it as a “cat­a­lyst for trans­form­ing prac­tices” and mov­ing them into the postOba­macare world.

Weaver said his big­gest chal­lenge in lead­ing ACOs has been em­pow­er­ing pri­ma­rycare physi­cians who often feel un­der­val­ued while also be­ing hon­est with them about the steps they need to take to sur­vive in the new par­a­digm of value-based care.

“I’m very proud to have been a part of the pri­mary-care trans­for­ma­tion in Texas and re­ally show­ing re­sults … and lead­ing pri­mary-care physi­cians in our state into suc­cess in the long term,” Weaver said.

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